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Rainis's Play "Fire and Night" by Director Aleksis Mierlauks (1866–1943) at the New Riga Theatre, 1911

Thanks to his contemporary approach, director Aleksis Mierlauks marked a new beginning in the history of performing arts in Latvia with his production of Rainis’s “The Fire and the Night” (Uguns un nakts) at the New Riga Theatre in 1911. It was the first production in which all elements − acting, scenography, costumes, lighting, music and horeography − came together as one to create a single piece of art. In the early 20th century, the story of national hero Lāčplēsis’s fight against the Dark Knight was like a timely metaphor for the Latvian nation’s ongoing attempts at self-determination.

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Jānis Siliņš par Alekša Mierlauka inscenēto Raiņa „Uguns un nakts” uzvedumu Latvijas kultūras kanonā, 2008.

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Pārskats par Latviešu skatuves biedrības un Jaunā Rīgas teātra darbību un rēķiniem 1910/11. gadā. (1911). Rīga. Latvijas Nacionālās bibliotēkas Sīkiespieddarbu krājums.