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24/05/13 DANCEPUNKC , Latest posts

Where the rights to judge come from

Where the rights to judge come from
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Inta Balode

I’m always thinking about how it started. How and why, and where I found rights to talk about other people’s work in a way I know something about it? In a way I know something more, something special, and something others might not know or might not think about, something worth sharing? This is an intro to the question of becoming a dance critic or a person who writes about dance and spreads a word in public space. I thought about it again in dance writing seminar for young writers “Ne[w]kritika” taking place in Vilnius during festival “New Baltic Dance ‘13”. Young writers were confident. I thought about it when choreographer Olga Zitluhina told me about conflict she recently experienced between practitioners and theoreticians. People of theory know how things should be in practice and they try to impose that to practitioners. Those ones from practical side don’t think they know how to write theoretical texts. Continue reading

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12/05/13 DANCEPUNKC , experience abroad , Latest posts

Play a guessing game: who saw the performance?

Play a guessing game: who saw the performance?
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Inta Balode

Almost two years ago in September in Aarhus Denmark there was an encounter of Nordic Baltic dance network “kedja”. And there was also a dance writing seminar. We did write different texts. And to be more “different” me and my Lithuanian colleague dance critic Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė we invented a task for ourselves. We decided to do “cheating writing”- she went to see the performance, I didn’t go to see the performance, I only read the program notes. But we both wrote short reviews and on the next day asked participants of writing seminar to guess the author of which text has seen the performance. Believe me or not but the guesses were very contradictory. Now I’m in Vilnius at the New Baltic Dance ’13 festival where Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė is organizing seminar for dance writers Ne[w]kritika (local activity of Nordic Baltic project Writing Movement). We go and see the performances and yesterday the last one was Fjer og stiletter (Feathers and Heels) by dadadans (performed by Helle Bach) from Denmark. So I finally saw the performance I wrote about two years ago. And the main conclusion is – it is much nicer to see than not to see! Bellow is the text we wrote in Denmark. Chance to play a guessing game! Continue reading

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27/04/13 DANCEPUNKC , Latest posts

I got into the CHAIR and understood everything

I got into the CHAIR and understood everything
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Inta Balode

Today I went to the square at the Central Station of Riga. There was an open air attraction “The Chairs”  from France. The attraction is brought  by International Baltic Ballet festival “From Classics to Avantgarde”. It is already eighteens edition of the festival. Always also inside the station and sometimes at the station. Sometimes you have to watch, this time you have to do yourself. You have to sit yourself. Advertising promised that the chairs will imitate the state of weightlessness. For free. And you don’t have to subscribe in advance. Go and sit. I think they really imitate. Though I haven’t been out to Space. „The Chairs”  are five moving, mechanical sculptures-constructions made of iron, wood and stone.  Continue reading

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28/10/12 DANCE.LV reviews , DANCEPUNKC , experience abroad , Latest posts , reviews

A BLUE BIRD by Argentinean composer, performer and filmmaker seen with dance eyes

A BLUE BIRD by Argentinean composer, performer and filmmaker seen with dance eyes
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Inta Balode

As you know very well DANCE.LV Journal and especially DANCEPUNKC is not only about pure dance, dance-dance or something what is labeled as „dance”. That’s why it was pleasure to receive an offer and invitation from the Argentinean composer, performer and filmmaker Sebastian Wesman based in Tallinn. The offer was to take a look at the film/concert/performance „A Blue Bird” with the dance eyes. I agreed to try. Continue reading

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21/08/12 DANCEPUNKC , experience abroad , Latest posts

The Kitchen goes to Tijuana and thinks about borders

The Kitchen goes to Tijuana and thinks about borders
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Inta Balode

Cal-Laboratory Kitchen 2012 has moved to Tijuana, Mexico for it’s last two days. All the choreographers are working together and thinking about BORDER. Here is a short photo and comment reportage from August 20 in Tijuana. Continue reading

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17/08/12 DANCEPUNKC , Education and research , experience abroad , Latest posts

Henry lit my FIRE or stop, drop and roll

Henry lit my FIRE or stop, drop and roll
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Inta Balode

This will be more personal than EARTH, WATER and AIR. FIRE is personal; it tends to interact very directly and very obviously. Becoming a choreographer for two hours just by a chance is also very personal. And it lit my FIRE. Continue reading

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08/05/12 DANCEPUNKC , experience abroad , Latest posts

Ne[w]kritika dance writers seminar in Vilnius: some playful writing

Ne[w]kritika dance writers seminar in Vilnius: some playful writing
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On May 6, 2012 during the dance critic seminar (at the Arts printing House, Vilnius) we, the team of DANCE.LV Journal asked the participants and also the leaders of the seminar to get involved in little unusual and playful project.  We told a little about history of dance criticism in Latvia and tried to search for the answers to questions – is the perfect review possible and what it has to contain to at least get close the perfect? One of the most important statements was that the best thing a writer can do is to really be there, to watch, to think and to try to do the best to get into the dance piece, i.e. to do the best to understand what it is he or she sees, why it is like it is, what and how it communicates and where it stands in sense of broader context. To demonstrate it on the spot three of us Dita Eglīte, Maija Treile and Inta Balode  performed a three minutes improvised dance piece speculatively called “Triadic Ballet of the Writers” and we framed is as if was reconstruction from something what might have happened in 60-ies or 70-ies in some underground venue at the time when only ballet was recognized as an official form of dance. And you should know that we can’t really dance, i.e. our dancing has nothing to do with professional dancing. Then we asked the participants to take 2 minutes to write a short quick review telling something about each of the performers. We were impressed and happy, and grateful for the reviews we got and it supported one of the hypothesis (which, of course, is wrong) that the worse the dancing is the better the reviews are. It also shows that it is so easy to make art work relevant through writing. And it also shows how much interesting and smart things come into writing when it gets created in playful situation. Continue reading

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11/01/12 DANCEPUNKC , experience abroad , Latest posts

Taken by New York

Taken by New York
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Inta Balode,* Madli Pesti,** Elena Slobodchikova***

It is hard not to be taken by New York. Every night there are hundreds of performances to choose from. Once the choice is made some generalizations about all New York performing arts arrive. Three of us visiting New York for just to mention some festivals – American Realness, Coil, Under the Radar, Live Artery – made a quick experiment. Some keywords related to the experiences got suggested and here are the first considerations written down mostly in the Train 7 going from Queens into Manhattan and back out. Texts are published as they were written. Others didn’t see colleagues writings before the experiment was finished.

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25/06/11 DANCEPUNKC , Latest posts

Real Real bodies

Real Real bodies
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Inta BALODE

DANCEPUNKC speaks about the exhibition BODIES in Riga

The most unpleasant moment in the exhibition Bodies revealed: unseen+real was the question from a dressed all in white medical student: “Can I help you?” I attended the exhibition with a nineteen year old girl whom I met at the school before the lunch break. At the second exhibit she said: “When I look at those nice pink muscles, I want meat immediately.” After an hour we ended up teasing our willingness to eat meat by having hamburgers at McDonald’s. After the meal I got sick and was grumpy because I couldn’t figure out whether I got sick from looking at the real bodies. The real reason for my sickness was banal – I had grey peas with streaky bacon for the breakfast so I felt sick all day long. That was truly an organic experience.

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