Christmas night battlefield. Part 1 "Eliya Dreams" / LR1 / Latvian Radio



Poets and Rifles – Janis Akuraters, Karlis Skalbes, Edvars Virzas memories of the First World War, when all of them were together in one of Zemgale's 5th regiments, ordered by Jukums Vâcietis. All three poets saw scenes of the same war. And each of them has left his testimony …

In the summer of 1914 the World War began. John Akuraters wrote that the World War "suddenly, through the sunshine, made the end of his life, he captures with his mystical sword" his dreams and fate.

Janis Akuraters, Karlis Skalbe and Edvars Virza volunteered to join the Russian Army Corps, which was formed in the Russian Army in the autumn of 1916.

Jānis Akuraters writes in his diary on November 23, 1916, that he had an interview with Latvian officers about the tasks to be done, and one of them was the chronicle of the war. And the history of the Latvian regiment must be written in such a way that each host can later read her Sunday morning for her family in the name of her husband. It was a special strategy of the Latvian warriors, especially the commander of the Yukuma Vâcietis Land Regiment, who included poets, artists and musicians in his army without adding them to the first soldiers' battles, but sending him into the duties of a sanitary, correspondent wartime chronist who, these sophisticated, the sensitive, aesthetic experience of those who disrupted the cruelty of cruelty, a heap of corpses, death and military courage, and in such a situation to speak in a language of patriotic art that would inspire Latvian rifles. It was the way to our country.

Scriptwriters – Viktors Jansons, Maira Valtere. Directed by Victor Jansson.

Production includes Kaspars Znotins, Vilis Daudzins, Ģirts Krumins

Composer – Jānis Ķirsis. Art-i-Shock – Agnese Eglin, Elina Endze, Guna Sneu. Soloist Ruta Duduma.

Sound directors – Gustav Ērenpreiss and Andis Ploks. Producer – Māra Eglīte. Editor – Alda Briede.

Radio decoration dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Latvian state. Recorded at the Latvian Radio Theater in 2018.

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