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contemporary dance in Latvia

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
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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
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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
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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
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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”
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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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10/08/16 Education and research , News

Summer Dance School’16 in Vilnius

Summer Dance School’16 in Vilnius
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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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06/07/16 Education and research , experience abroad , Latest posts , News

Lifelong Dance Practice: Project 45+

Lifelong Dance Practice: Project 45+
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With the support from Nordic Culture Point Mobility Programme Network Funding and partners from Estonia and Norway a very nice and cherished for a long time idea of Latvian choreographer Olga Žitluhina became possible. The idea is to bring together dancers and choreographers of the age from 45 years from different countries and do something new and creative with all power of experience and will of project participants. The thought found its realization within a project “Lifelong Dance Practice: Project 45+”. Project’s 1st meeting took place in Latvia, Riga, June 5-9, 2016.

At the age of 88, legendary dance artist, Anna Halprin writes: “I am aging. My body is not the same as a twenty-year-old’s, and it doesn’t have the prescribed quality of being in social places. But I think an aged body has its own configurations of beauty.” Continue reading

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11/06/16 contemporary dance in Latvia , DANCE.LV reviews , Latest posts , reviews

7 Cups of Coffee. The Writing Movement Network reviewing “Turkish Coffee”

7 Cups of Coffee. The Writing Movement Network reviewing “Turkish Coffee”
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The closing lab of the current cycle of The Writing Movement Network is taking place in Riga during the Time to Dance festival. This time the network brings together writers from Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Byelorussia. One of the activities of this lab included participation of the dance class led by Branko Potočan, then seeing his work in collaboration with “ĀRĀ” company and then writing about it short overnight reviews, which get published next morning after seeing the show. Here they are! No editing, just put out here! Continue reading

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01/12/15 Education and research , experience abroad , Latest posts

A week given to reflect on what is what and how it is to be me. Dance, meditation and discussions.

A week given to reflect on what is what and how it is to be me. Dance, meditation and discussions.
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Gundija Zandersona

I was given a wonderful opportunity to participate in youth4youth organised weeklong training program Grow conscious and feel your body in Italy. I applied wanting to enrich my inner self, wanting to work on my inability to express certain emotions and improve my listening and responding skills in regards to my body. Training overview outlined the importance of connecting mind, spirit and emotions with the body through meditations, creative tasks and working on bio-energies, as a result growing and performing as a whole. Based on the project title I assumed I would find body awareness training practice useful as a dance artist as well as a spiritual being. I was curious to discover whether exercising the use of energy concentration in specific points of my body would reveal something new about my understanding of performativity and execution of movements. In other words, I was hoping to explore what I would call mindful moving or mindful dancing. Continue reading

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15/10/15 Education and research , experience abroad , Latest posts , News

Making, showing and seeing – why?

Making, showing and seeing – why?
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Madli Pesti*

In the beginning of golden October the Writing Movement Network met in Iceland, in a small village of Laugarvatn, in the middle of a bare, smoking country. The network brings together dance writers from five countries: Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. The hostess of the event was Sesselja Magnusdottir, dance critic and teacher from Iceland. She confronted us with three essential questions, that at first hearing may sound naive or even banal. But how much do we really go back to the basics and ask us what we are really doing? How often do we take time to ask the why-questions? The roaring rainstorm outside our cosy house and the possibility to look at the endless horizon inspired and stimulated our thinking process. Continue reading

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