Three countries influenced the course of life and the art of
Vladislav Nastavshev: Latvia, Russia and England. He was born and
grew up in Riga, then he left to Saint-Petersburg to study acting
under the direction of Lev Dodin at the Academy of Theatre Arts.
Then he decided to train as a director and continued his studies
in London, where he directed “Rudin”, based on the novel by Ivan
Turgenev, as well as “Miss Julie” by August Strindberg.
After returning to Latvia, he directed several productions in
different theatres in Riga including “Boys smell like oranges”
based on Guy Davenport’s novel and “Dark avenues” based on the
series of short stories by Ivan Bunin.
Before the invitation to the Gogol Center, Nastavshev had never
directed any performance in the Russian language. Being a
director with radical convictions, Nastavshev always challenges
his actors with very complex conditions. However, this method
leads to lyrical and sensual performances, which emanate
tenderness and joy of life.