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23/12/14 Ballet , Education and research , experience abroad , Latest posts

Music and Dance

Music and Dance
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Natasha Hassiotis*

Music and dance have a long history together, therefore there are many stories to be told and/or recounted. Some are lost in the obscurity of a distant past, some are closer to the present era, which means there is more information, nonetheless in histories emotionally charged as this one, the truth is a debatable goal. The history between the two art forms may appear as one long itinerary, like a tree trunk with its branches as the various phases and forms of this collaboration, with either of the two partners in the position of a “dominatrix”, until the 20th century, when more truly collaborative forms took place. In this text, the relationship is taken as anything but linear, focusing on the disruptive elements imposed by ideologies, historical background and individual interference. Continue reading

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27/07/14 Ballet , experience abroad , Latest posts , News

Apply for 9th International Choreograpbhy Competition “no ballet” till August 5, 2014

Apply for 9th International Choreograpbhy Competition “no ballet” till August 5, 2014
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In the last eight years »no ballet« has established itself as a renowned player on the international dance scene – the proof: above 2000 applications from more than 50 nations. Nearly 100 dancers and choreographers enchanted each time the audience, the jury and the media with their passion, hard work and enthusiasm. The result was three exciting days in the “Theater im Pfalzbau” – contemporary dance of the highest level! Therefore the “Theater im Pfalzbau” will stage from 20th to 22nd of November 2014 the 9th International Choreography Competition »no ballet«. Once again the event will take place according to the idea and artistic concept of the choreographer Juliane Rößler. Continue reading

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02/04/14 Ballet , experience abroad , Latest posts , News

Ballet Is Not Your Cardio Training: On Annemarie Autere’s Master Classes in Riga

Ballet Is Not Your Cardio Training: On Annemarie Autere’s Master Classes in Riga
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Inta Balode

With support of the State Cultural Capital Foundation (VKKF), finding time between her master classes in Vilnius and Oslo, dancer, choreographer, the creator of ballet training method BalletBodyLogic Annemari Autere visited Riga in March 18-21, 2014. She gave master classes of her method to the students of Latvian Academy of Culture (LAC), to members of Association of Professional Ballet and a body of Riga School of Choreography teaching staff. DANCE.LV Journal has closely followed the progress of these sessions and surveyed the opinions of a few of their participants. Norway-originated ballet dancer who has worked on developing her method of dance technique training for more than twenty years, after finishing her career on stage, has already visited Latvia several times before. Annemari Autere has taught master classes as part of Riga’s annual International Festival of Contemporary Dance ‘Time to Dance’, worked with LAC students, offered a master introduction to her method to ballet artists of Latvian National Opera and choreography college students in Latvia. More recently, Ms. Autere was one of the professors working for the project ‘A New Dance for a New Venue’, engendered by DANCE.LV Journal, which was held in the Latgale cultural embassy GORS in Rēzekne early in October 2013. Continue reading

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29/12/12 Ballet , experience abroad , Latest posts

Power and fragility of ballet: three months after the conference in Stockholm

Power and fragility of ballet: three months after the conference in Stockholm
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Inta Balode

Ballet within the contemporary world – it is always an interesting issue to discuss. Any well-planned and well-meant event dedicated to the role of ballet become like an avalanche continuing to add new and new considerations and ideas even the even itself happened a while ago. So it is with me and the international conference BALLET: WHY AND HOW? hosted by Balettakademien in Stockholm from September 13 to 15, 2012. Right after the conference my head was so full that there was no way to offer more or less logical thoughs. Besides, all the things discussed kept coming up on daily basis while writing and watching ballet and contemporary dance. So this will be extremely subjective listing of just a few topics discussed during the conference which still feel very important even after almost three months of digesting of information. Some questions discussed in the conference came back even more sharply because of the latest events in Latvian dance such as the Gala concert dedicated to 90th anniversary of Latvian National Ballet, which took place on December 15. Continue reading

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22/10/12 Ballet , Latest posts

Artist without a label

Artist without a label
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Inta Balode

Interview with Serge Desrochesperformer of the lead part in the production „Othello” at the Latvian National ballet

Our conversation starts already in the opera stairs when Serge laughs that he can’t wait his killing job will be over and tomorrow morning he will turn back into nice guy again. When asked about how the premiere went he said even if Othello doesn’t die at the end of the performance Serge’s body definitely did die at the ballet’s finale.

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18/07/12 Ballet , Calendar , experience abroad , Latest posts , News

International conference in Stockholm – BALLET: WHY AND HOW?

International conference in Stockholm – BALLET: WHY AND HOW?
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An international conference to illuminate the role of ballet in the life of today’s dancer BALLET: WHY AND HOW? will be hosted by Balettakademien in Stockholm from September 13 to 15, 2012. The conference is organized in partnership with ArtEZ School of Dance, Arnhem, Netherlands and in co-operation with The Juilliard School, Dance Division, New York, U.S.A. Continue reading

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