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The Dailes Theatre, 1920–1964, Under the Leadership of Director Eduards Smiļģis (1886–1966)

A grandiose portrait of an aged man, with eyes welled up to tears gazing heavenward, adorns the side wall of the New Rīga Theatre building on 25 Lāčplēša Street. It’s Eduards Smiļģis, the founder of the Dailes Theatre and a director of passionate intensity. He cuts a towering figure in Latvian theatre. He breathed a symbolist and expressonist spirit onto the Latvian stage, opposing the prevailing trends of realism. Smiļģis set up the Dailes Theatre in 1920, at a time when very little was clear about the future of the Latvian state, let alone its art, and lived to see it survive as a powerhouse of modern drama important on an European scale.

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Lilija Dzene par Eduarda Smiļģa Dailes teātri Latvijas kultūras kanonā, 2008.

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Latvijas PSR Akadēmiskais Jāņa Raiņa Dailes teātris, 1920-1970: [prospekts]. (1971). Latvijas Nacionālās bibliotēkas Sīkiespieddarbu krājums.

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Eduarda Smiļģa 30 gadu skatuves darbības jubilejas programma 1937. gada 23. novembrī. Latvijas Nacionālās bibliotēkas Sīkiespieddarbu krājums.

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Dailes teatris Rīgā: VII sesona. (1926). Teātra inscenētājs Eduards Smiļģis. Rīga: Dailes teātra direkcija. Latvijas Nacionālās bibliotēkas Sīkiespieddarbu krājums.