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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”

 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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06/07/16 Education and research , experience abroad , Latest posts , News

Lifelong Dance Practice: Project 45+

Lifelong Dance Practice: Project 45+

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”

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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08/06/16 Bez tēmas

The Writing Movement Network travels to Riga to think about being influential in dance

The Writing Movement Network travels to Riga to think about being influential in dance

A discussion on and around topic “How to be influential in dance? On power, money, talent, entertainment, genders, national and regional specifics” will take place on June 10 at 17:30 in “Zirgu pasts” which is one of the buildings of the Latvian Academy of Culture (Dzirnavu St. 46). Continue reading

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20/04/16 Latest posts , News

‘Dance.lv Journal’ marks its fifth anniversary by richly programmed range of events

‘Dance.lv Journal’ marks its fifth anniversary by richly programmed range of events

On April 29, the International day of dance, the internet platform for professional dance “DANCE.LV žurnāls” will celebrate five years since its being in circulation, and this event is going to be honoured by Dance artists’ awards ceremony, a master-class of dance criticism in Riga and an international creative dance lab in Viljandi, in Estonia. Continue reading

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16/02/16 Calendar

IDENTITY.MOVE! e-book and future in next BAZAAR in Prague

IDENTITY.MOVE! e-book and future in next BAZAAR in Prague

From March 18 till 20, 2016 in Prague The BAZAAR Festival of Identity in Art and Motion will take place. This will be an international dance and performing arts festival featuring the visions of artists not only from the Czech Republic but from other countries in central, eastern and south-east Europe. All are dealing with questions of identity in art and motion. The very first Bazaar festival took place in 2015 as part of the IDENTITY.MOVE! project – an international platform for the support of theoretical and artistic research in contemporary physical and dance theatre. IDENTITY.MOVE! was coordinated by Goethe-Institut Warsaw in cooperation with Centre for Culture Lublin, Motus, producers of the Alfred ve dvoře Theatre Prague and the State School of Dance in Athens with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. Latvia was also represented through The Association of the Professional Contemporary Dance Choreographers of Latvia as associated partner and Krisjanis Sants and Andis Geste as two of the artists chosen by curators. Even if the project has officially ended it continues its life through network and now also through The BAZAAR festival that carries on the idea. Another significant outcome that keeps living virtually is IDENTITY. MOVE! e-book that is available on-line for free in different formats – http://identitymove.eu/identity.move-e-book.html.  Check it out! It is a good read and vary vast range of perspectives. 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.

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?

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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14/10/15 DANCE.LV reviews , experience abroad , reviews

Sixteen Naked Estonians

Sixteen Naked Estonians

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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08/10/15 DANCEPUNKC , experience abroad , Latest posts

On Expectations

On Expectations

Inta Balode*

I was on the side of informed audience – while standing on the edge of Geysir, the master Geysir, the father of the word “geyser”, – I knew already that it “doesn’t do anything”. When Sesselja said the phrase “it doesn’t do anything” she meant that it is just there, it is hot, but it doesn’t splash, doesn’t go up or sideways, it is just there and it is the reason and origin of all the system around it. It is partly retired now, because it did perform before but now it has stopped doing that. Continue reading

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