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23/07/11 Education and research , experience abroad , Latest posts

Dissolving Bodymind Borders

Dissolving Bodymind Borders

Inta BALODE

Sometimes in the very middle of the summer warmth I am alive, feel warm and am in possession of a corporeal body with skin, muscles, bones and connective tissue, heart and lungs, liver and spine, which, how it turned out, lies right in the middle of my body. All those small sharp things we can touch under the skin are just the surface of the vertebrae. As a matter of fact, pictures we see on the surface build our knowledge, not only about the surrounding world but also about ourselves.

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26/06/11 experience abroad , Latest posts , Republished reviews , reviews

4 x40 or an everlasting performance (Audronė Motiejūnaitė about DANCES OF THE LOST)

4 x40 or an everlasting performance (Audronė Motiejūnaitė about DANCES OF THE LOST)

Audronė Motiejūnaitė (During experimental project “Dance in word – not vs. new criticism”)

The man and the environment. How does a person change in unusual conditions, how is the space perceived? How does a professional dancer change being expelled on the asphalt instead of official, enclosed places (theater stage)? There was an attempt to answer this question. Each of us can interpret their feelings in our own ways, but let’s not look at it so bluntly and peripherally. Let’s imagine that we are in the woods of Crimea…

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25/06/11 experience abroad , Republished reviews , reviews

Lithuanian dance critic Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė about DANCES OF THE LOST

Lithuanian dance critic Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė about DANCES OF THE LOST

As DANCE.LV journal already reported on May 5, 2011 Dances of the Lost – work by Olga Zitluhina Dance Company – was performed during the International Contemporary Dance Festival “New Baltic Dance’11”. We are grateful to Lithianian dance critic Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė that she found time to translate into English the paragraph from her festival overview where she speaks about Dances of the Lost.

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25/06/11 DANCEPUNKC , Latest posts

Real Real bodies

Real Real bodies

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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07/05/11 Chronicle of events , contemporary dance in Latvia , News

May 2011

List of events in May 2011 featuring Latvian choreographers

May 1, 10:00-14:00, Riga, various locations

International Dance Day, contemporary dance workshops

May 1, 19:00, Riga, Ģertrūdes Street Theatre (Ģertrūdes St. 101a, entrance from the yard)

Be with me, contemporary dance performance

May 2, 19:00, Riga, Dirty Deal Teatro (Maskavas St. 12/ k2)

Blind, dance/poetry performance + documentary shorts

May 5, Vilnius (Lithuania), Arts Printing House, festival New Baltic Dance ’11

Dances of the Lost, contemporary dance performance

May 7, 18:00, Riga.  Dailes Theater Small hall (Brīvības St.75)

How are you, contemporary dance performance,

Widows, jazz dance performance

www.bodyandsoul.lv

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07/05/11 contemporary dance in Latvia , Latest posts , Republished reviews , reviews

Reviews about performance Come with me

Reviews about performance Come with me

COME WITH ME

Your arms would not be able to strech as far as necessary to form an adequate gesture for beauty (You know that, don’t you?) So, beauty remains in the impossibilities of the body. Einstürzende Neubauten

Contemporary dance performance Come With Me at Gertrude Street Theatre is created by Andrejs Jarovojs in collaboration with choreographer Elīna Breice and dancers Agnese Bordjukova and Guntis Spridzāns. The visual image of the performance was put into the hands of Ieva Kauliņa and the music for it has been tailored by Dāvis Burmeisters.

The performance is a psychological portrait of a relationship at a time of choice – to go or to stay. It starts at the moment where nothing happens as we’d like it to. Come With Me tells a story of struggle with each other and with the truth that nothing in our lives goes on forever: loneliness, fear, freedom, addiction, passion, love, touch and embrace. And nevertheless, despite the countless differences, we can’t live without each other. A simple and intimate story of love and separation.

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04/05/11 Latest posts , News

Many lives of DANCES OF THE LOST by Olga Zitluhina Dance Company

Many lives of DANCES OF THE LOST by Olga Zitluhina Dance Company

On May 5, 2011 Dances of the Lost will be performed during the International Contemporary Dance Festival “New Baltic Dance’11” (www.dance.lt) – this time in the courtyard of Arts Printing House in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Though the lives of Dances of the Lost started three years ago – it was created as the part of arts research project and conference Metamind (the topic of 2008 was Metamorphoses of the World: Traces, Shadows, Reflections, Echoes, and Metaphors) and it was premiered on October 3, 2008 at D.FAB in Riga. The new form of the performance is tried out. It is similar to the rules of the arts gallery event. The performance lasts 40 minutes, but it is run four times without breaks. So the audience can come and leave whenever they want to. The rules of the performance can be changed.

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04/05/11 experience abroad , Latest posts

Estonian dance theatre: From personal stories to social analysis

Estonian dance theatre: From personal stories to social analysis

Madli PESTI*

I will give an overview of dance theatre in Estonia in the course of the last year. I will explain the general situation in the field and describe some highlights of the season. My overview is targeted to independent productions, thus excluding two state theatres Estonia in Tallinn and Vanemuine in Tartu which also stage dance performances (styles varying from classical to modern).

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19/04/11 contemporary dance in Latvia , DANCE.LV reviews , Latest posts , reviews

Real bodies, unseen people

Real bodies, unseen people

Inta BALODE

After the 40 minute performance there are couple thoughts. First, it seems admirable that all the members of the show are interesting, are convincing, and are worth watching not only as short term research subjects but as powerful performers. Everybody knows what they are doing and why and they are not shy to reveal annoyed and unsecure sides of their personalities. Some girls seem to be unmovable without a way to unlock in the beginning, but as time passes suddenly surprise us with expression and an ability to dominate. It is not surprising that the majority are women. Though it is interesting that, judging from the visual and bodily impressions, they are not of the same age, type or world views. Also the only male volunteer doesn’t seem to be pushed here by force and doesn’t speculate about his unique status. Together with Vilnis Biriņš, experienced member of ARKT, men’s strength and seldom seen self-reflection enters the stage.

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