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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
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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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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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13/07/16 DANCE.LV reviews , experience abroad , Latest posts , reviews

The dictionary of our bodily stereotypes. About “Hardly Ever”

The dictionary of our bodily stereotypes. About “Hardly Ever”
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 Dārta Ceriņa*

Why do we eat avocado, if it does not have any flavor?

It is everywhere!

Bananas. They are nice.

Our preset notions and reputed opinions are like avocado – tasteless fruits with buttery texture, which green and porous bark we usually peel and throw away in the litter. Therefore, the bone of avocado – chestnut brown core does not give any gastronomical pleasure; it belongs to other redundant components in recycle bin. However, why do we eat it? Why do we make salads using only the valuable part of it? In addition, can we answer to those questions that in every day we make mute? Moreover – do our stereotypes and notions exist only in our linguistic nature? Maybe patterns of them hide in our bodies? These questions highlighted choreographer  Francesco Scavetta and Norwegian contemporary dance company Wee in their newest performance Hardly ever, which was presented at dance house Zirgu pasts during the festival Time to dance (Laiks dejot). At the performance Hardly ever you can look as a miniature avocado dictionary, which you cannot read, instead – use through bodily experience. 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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14/10/15 DANCE.LV reviews , experience abroad , reviews

Sixteen Naked Estonians

Sixteen Naked Estonians
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Inta Balode

On “more than naked” by Doris Uhlich at Vaba Lava in Tallinn

Yes, of course, I was paying attention to the body parts that are not usually exposed so much. And I did compare bodies and I found bigger and fatter ones more interesting than thin ones. In a way. Because the shaking technique or fat-technique did not look so impressive on skinny guys and girls. I found skinny bodies more interesting because of their efforts to make her flesh look as mobile as the one of the bigger collegues. In general I liked all people on stage and they did not look naked, i.e., they did not look like doing something super special provocative and in a large group. They were there, they had fun, and did some dance class exercises, some nice massages, some disco dancing, some skin sound playful exploring and other stuff under the DJ sound by choreographer Doris Uhlich (her performance started the Vaba Lava 2015-16 season by the curators Madli Pesti and Thomas Frank). And it came to my mind that regular folk dance group in Latvia and Estonia would have 16 dancers. Well, 8 males and 8 females ideally, but as the gender balance is so-so in our part of the world – 4 men and 12 women looked very realistic. Continue reading

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27/08/15 contemporary dance in Latvia , DANCE.LV reviews , Latest posts , reviews

On two performances in Saldus – “Corpuss” by Elina Lutce and Krista Dzudzilo and “Summer feet in Saldus” by Moa M. Sahlin

On two performances in Saldus – “Corpuss” by Elina Lutce and Krista Dzudzilo and “Summer feet in Saldus” by Moa M. Sahlin
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Elena Angelova*

Here is one text about the two performances I was able to view during the project “New Dance in the New Venue” (August 15-19, 2015) in Saldus, Latvia. Since this was an initiative, born from The Writing Movement Network, it feels kind of natural for me to write and move. Firstly, I moved from Bulgaria to Latvia, then I also moved in the choreographic project of Latvian choreographer Elena Jacinta “Tongue: Translations[1]. Later on I moved again from Latvia back to Bulgaria, and here I am, writing about movements from two performances, that I saw during my stay in Saldus. A real process of writing and moving!

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14/03/15 DANCE.LV reviews , experience abroad , Latest posts , reviews

Elina Lutce, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Monday, February 16, 2015

Elina Lutce, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Monday, February 16, 2015
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Laurie Uprichard*

Movement Research presents shared programs of 3-4 choreographers each Monday evening on a free series at the historic Judson Church. Because this program supports experiments in performance rather than finished products, reviews are not allowed. In addition, production values are low – there are few lighting cues and tech is minor. However, because the program is free, there is generally a large and warm audience in attendance. Continue reading

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12/12/14 DANCE.LV reviews , DANCEPUNKC , experience abroad , Latest posts , News , reviews

Superficial Look at Nordic Dance Platform ICE HOT (completed)

Superficial Look at Nordic Dance Platform ICE HOT (completed)
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Inta Balode

I was in ICE HOT Nordic dance platform seeing „Nordic contemporary dance at its best”. On December 11 I saw 6 performances of total around 315 minutes. Mainly I came to Oslo because The keðja Writing Movement-project launched its catalogue: Expeditions in Dance Writing. Writing Movement 2012-2014, in the foyer at Dansens Hus, Oslo, on the last day of ICE HOT Oslo, December 13 at 08.30 pm. Still no surprise that dance writers sometimes go and see dance performances. On December 12 and 13 I had an intention to see around 12 more performances of total around 600 minutes. So more than 900 minutes or more than 15 hours of sitting and watching other people dance. I ended up with little less, just little. To add around 300 more minutes at least I invented I game I did and you can see bellow. I tried to figure out what dance is like in each of five countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). I  applied five points to all the works I saw (and 2 works I didn’t see but I read about, talked about and saw some videos). I grouped all performances by country. At the end I  summarized texts to see how each country is doing and summarized countries to see how Nordic region is doing. I will get to know what Nordic is. The game got invented because of the optimization reasons – I couldn’t figure out where to find at least 9000 minutes to write short texts about all of them. But the selection of performances on December 11 convinced me that all them deserve attention. Besides I am for democracy. And DANCEPUNKC likes playing games like that. Continue reading

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26/05/14 DANCE.LV reviews , DANCEPUNKC , experience abroad , Latest posts , reviews

Traumatized by Michelle Boulé’s WONDER and other Americans

Traumatized by Michelle Boulé’s WONDER and other Americans
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Inta Balode

On April 3rd, 2014 I saw a solo performance WONDER by Michelle Boulé. On May 14th, 2014 I went to listen to Questions and Answers session with Under Secretary of State in Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel. Those two events don’t have much in common except that they are linked to the United States. And the one in May made me get back to the unfinished review/essay I started writing in April. I also liked couple things Richard Stengel said, which is little bit surprising because in most cases in artist communities we are friends with artists of any state and not friends with official politics of any state. Continue reading

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14/03/14 DANCE.LV reviews , DANCEPUNKC , experience abroad , Latest posts , reviews

Riga, Umea and European values

Riga, Umea and European values
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Inta Balode

The human chain of about 14 000 people standing in the streets of Riga in really freezing day of January 18 and passing books from the old to the new building of the Latvian National Library. Seven Chinese dancers for around and hour dancing in line close to each other in The Sami-Chinese dance project which premiered in Umeo, toured Sweden and I was lucky to see it in Dansens Hus Stockholm on February 15. With politically wrong mind you would think something like that: Latvia’s economy must have gotten so bad that there are no trucks to deliver the books so only simple human labor is the solution; Swedish dance scene and demographic situation is experiencing serious crisis, so the import of Chinese dancers and choreographers has started. Politically correct mind knows that fortunately the issue behind those actions is much brighter – both Riga (Latvia) and Umea (Sweden) are the European Capitals of Culture 2014. However, looking at those two events included in the opening programs of the Capitals of Culture 2014 tempts to speculate on shared/trendy/politically correct European values. Continue reading

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