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06/07/17 Education and research , experience abroad , Latest posts , News

Axis Syllabus intensive workshop with Frey Faust. Early bird registration open!

Axis Syllabus intensive workshop with Frey Faust. Early bird registration open!

Axis Syllabus intensive workshop with Frey Faust  will take place from October 27 till 29 in the beautiful surroundings of the Asvejos National Park 7o km from Vilnius.  The registration for the workshop is already open and early birds pay less! If they are early enough not to miss the moment until there are no more places left. Workshop full price is 340 EUR; early bird (until 25th of August) pays 290 EUR. Registration takes place here.

Detailed information about the workshop can be found on http://axissyllabusintensivewithfreyfaust.weebly.com/

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14/02/17 DANCE.LV reviews , experience abroad , Latest posts , reviews

How to measure the maturity of a performance? DanseFestival Barents in Hammerfest

How to measure the maturity of a performance? DanseFestival Barents in Hammerfest

Inta Balode

This text is inspired by a conversation with the participants of Baltic Nordic collaboration project “45+” gathering dancers over age of 45 who are still active in the field. My thoughts and impressions about the project are in two texts written after meetings in Riga during Time to Dance festival and Hammerfest during DanseFestival Barents: “Lifelong Dance Practice: Project 45+”and “Far north makes a project 45+ last longer”. In this text I will look at the program of DanseFestival Barents from the perspective of speculating about maturity of some of the works I saw. I believe that artistic maturity is not really the same as passport maturity. The inspiration to look at the festival program from this perspective comes from the statement I heard from “45+” group: “Young people could have never created work like this.” Continue reading

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20/12/16 experience abroad , Latest posts , News , Personalities

Far north makes a project “45+” last longer

Far north makes a project “45+” last longer

Inta Balode*

“You are provoking; you must be a journalist,” says one of the participants of the discussion after listening to couple of my questions to the group of choreographers of “45+” project gathered in their final lab in Hammerfest, Norway. Tonight “45+” members are discussing the future of the network. “It is good to ask questions but you are asking them to wrong people. Politicians are the ones to be asked!” he continues. I said that I have been doing also that and I know how complicated it is, how easy it is to make enemies just because of asking simple questions. At the same time, I believe that there are not wrong people to be asked. There are two reasons. First, I am interested in answers. Second, yes, I do provoke sometimes but it is for the sake of stimulating situations where I am more or less outsider. I am allowed to be the one thinking (or pretending to) think differently, to question and to doubt. Continue reading

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06/10/16 contemporary dance in Latvia , DANCE.LV reviews , Latest posts , reviews

“Ananda”: crossing the border between ritual and performance

“Ananda”: crossing the border between ritual and performance

Elena Angelova*

I entered the world of  “Ananda” (September 20, 2016) without any knowledge about it in advance: I walked the way lit with candles, drank from the Indian tea and thought that this is already an experience of integrity and sinking in a meditative, different from the every-day world environment. Right from the entrance there was the feeling of being part of a silent celebration, a moving in a place for sacral ritual. My knowledge about rituals is very limited, I barely knew that “Ananda” is the word for joy or luck in Sanskrit language. So there was an element of surprise when I entered in a world with much more than that. Continue reading

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22/09/16 Education and research , experience abroad , Latest posts , Personalities

Meeting Caroline Waters at ECITE 2016

Meeting Caroline Waters at ECITE 2016

Ilze Zirina

Caroline Waters is CI practicioner since middle of 80’s. Based in Great Britain, Caroline is currently an Associate Lecturer of Dance at Chichester University, is a Broadcaster on Brighton and Hove Community Radio and a performer in Tanglehead Productions and The Carnival Collective.

Amongst all the traveling teaching at international level, Caroline was an Associate Lecturer at Dartington College of Arts UK for 11 years (96-07). At Dartington Caroline taught on the Contextual Studies part of the Theatre program, as well as many years on cross college collaboration projects. Continue reading

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14/09/16 contemporary dance in Latvia , Education and research

Dances with theory and power

Dances with theory and power

Inta Balode

The article was first published in music magazine “Mūzikas saule” on September 2015. Translation into English by Ilze Millere and Inta Balode

I decided to think about who dances, who thinks and who has power. Power in quite broad sense as influence, superiority and authority often holding hands with financing, visibility and fame. Power that relates also to the education system not as the one stimulating wisdom but as the one keeping the order. Continue reading

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12/09/16 contemporary dance in Latvia , experience abroad , News

Latvian and Bulgarian collaboration in dance performance “Wordless”

Latvian and Bulgarian collaboration in dance performance “Wordless”

Inta Balode

On September 16 and 17, 2016 Latvian Contemporary Dance Choreographers Union is presenting choreographer’s Elena Jacinta’s dance performance „Wordless” which will be shown at Gertrudes Street Theatre at 19.00. One of the performers is Elena Angelova from Bulgaria. If international choreographers are working in Latvia quite often, then having a dancer from abroad is still quite rare thing. Because of that I decided to ask couple questions to Bulgarian Elena (yes, a choreographer is also Elena) whom I met last year for the first time. Continue reading

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09/09/16 experience abroad , Latest posts

Holding the Center. About ECITE 2016

Holding the Center. About ECITE 2016

Ilze Zīriņa

There are many great people taking care for the development of contemporary dance as well as Contact Improvisation (CI) in Latvia. Still, feels like the development happens slow and has a certain heaviness in itself: enthusiasts are running out of strength and passion. They step back, other enthusiasts come instead and “fight” for few years. In 10 years Eco Village has been created and developed in Israel (Vertigo Eco Art Village, which was founded by Vertigo Dance Company in 2005). Everyone has its own speed, of course. But I still have this question – can we increase capacity? A special friend of mine says: “Passion is needed.” Do we miss it? Or organizing skills? Or may be center is missing? Common center to hold? Continue reading

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27/08/16 Calendar , Latest posts , News

NEW DANCE IN A NEW PLACE has reached West coast of Latvia

NEW DANCE IN A NEW PLACE has reached West coast of Latvia

From August 28 till September 1 traveling interdisciplinary festival/seminar “New Dance in a New Place” is taking place in Cīrava and Liepāja. It will gather dancers, philosophers, journalists, choreographers, critics, musicians and visual artists from France, Finland, Germany and Latvia. Within the festival several performances, discussions, research seminar and creative labs will take place. The festival which already for the forth time is organized by DANCE.LV Journal in different places in Latvia aims at improving accessibility of contemporary arts outside the capital, enhance its undertstanding and collaboration among different fields. During the previous years the festival has been in regional concert halls in Rezekne, Cesis and Saldus Arts School.  Withing the festival of 2016 on August 31 in Liepaja concerthall “Great Amber”  two new contemporary dance performances will be presented – documentary dance performance “I’m a Really Shy Person” by Kristine Brinina and solo performance “Childhood’s Dream” by Agnese Bordjukova / Anatomy of DanceContinue reading

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10/08/16 Education and research , News

Summer Dance School’16 in Vilnius

Summer Dance School’16 in Vilnius

Summer Dance School is the annual educational dance event which is held for the seventeenth time on 15th-20th of August at Arts Printing House, Vilnius. This year organizers introduce 5 teachers from USA, Nigeria, Slovakia, Austria and Lithuania. They will present 6 different dance disciplines. All seminars are dedicated for search and expansion of the abilities of dancer’s body: Continue reading

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