The conductor Sigvards Kļava who conceived the idea of the production comments: “I imagine that small barred window that becomes everything to you - a breath of fresh air, a source of sunshine, and the only place through which you can pray…”

The creators of the videos used in the production are Roberts Rubīns and the painter Kristīna Rubīne. The pianist Reinis Zariņš is also one of the vessels for the idea of this concert story. The soundscape will be created with the music of Maija Einfelde, Imants Zemzars, Pēteris Vasks, and Artūrs Grīnups,

The production Seller of Purple was originally meant to happen last November, coinciding with Lidija Jansone’s jubilee year but the pandemic forced the plans to change. The production consists of three parts: the first tells of Lidija Lasmane and her personality, combining the notes from Inga Ābele with texts from the Bible; the next tells of the gulag and prisons using the poetry of Lidija’s prison mate Irina Ratušinska recited by actress Guna Zariņa; the final part will be built around the trust in God, prayer, forgiveness.

“I dream that we - our whole nation - could go to Church and repent for our wrongdoings, mistakes, and betrayals and receive Forgiveness from the Above so that we could go forward renewed - full of Life,” says Lidija Lasmane.

The concert production Seller of Purple is a part of the Latvian centenary celebration programme. It is organized by VSIA Latvijas Koncert



Lidija Lasmane | Photo: Roberts Skrajāns
Lidija Lasmane | Photo: Roberts Skrajāns
Latvian Radio Choir dedicates concert production Seller of Purple to dissident Lidija Lasmane. The Latvian Radio Choir, lead by the conductor Sigvards Kļava has created a concert production - a dedication to the Soviet dissident Lidija Lasmane