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01/12/14 experience abroad , Latest posts , News

Nordic dance in Oslo

Nordic dance in Oslo

From the 9 – 14 December, 2014 the dance world will gather in Oslo to experience Nordic dance at its very best. The dance biennial ICE HOT kicks off for the third time, this time in Oslo. Almost 300 dance enthusiasts from 38 different countries and all continents gather to see, meet and evaluate performances and dance artists from all five Nordic countries. DANCE.LV Journal hopes that hopefully soon there will be also Nordic Baltic dance platform once there are quite many programs supporting the region as a whole. Till then ICE HOT is a great opportunity to see a lot in one place and short time. Continue reading

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20/10/14 experience abroad , Latest posts

Curating Performance – the Politics of the Ephemeral

Curating Performance – the Politics of the Ephemeral

Corina Oprea*

In recent years, choreographers have stepped into institutions, such as museums and galleries, which traditionally present visual art, most recently at the Whitney Biennial, the Venice Biennial and MoMA. On the 4th December 2013, Bonniers Konsthall opened an exhibition called Dance – Body Talk in Sweden, as part of the first edition of the Dance <3 Stockholm Festival. The concept of the curator has simultaneously become influential in the performing arts scene, taking a role which includes the functions of a programmer, producer and dramaturge. A critical analysis of this development needs to contextualize the motives and implications from an artistic point of view and the economics of cultural production, as well as the risks of exploiting forms of process, participative and collaborative labour.

This article aims to discuss the particularities of curating time-based art (with a focus on choreography) and to touch on opportune issues of the means of production and economics. Continue reading

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01/08/14 Chronicle of events , contemporary dance in Latvia , experience abroad , Latest posts , News

WILD TRILOGY by Anatomy of Dance at kedjaMariehamn

WILD TRILOGY by Anatomy of Dance at kedjaMariehamn

Dance Anatomy’s performance “Wild trilogy” will be presented during the encounters meeting of platform for the Nordic-Baltic contemporary dance community Keðja in Mariehamn, on the 7th of August at 19:30. Its creative team will try to portray communities of different border towns in Norway, Denmark and Latvia. Their main questions will rise from people’s values and places as a creator of identity. The structure of the performance is trilogy. On the basis of it there are documentations of inhabitant’s stories and daily life situations, which are complemented with the emotional impressions and observations of creative team. Every part of the performance is going to explore the main aspects that characterise and affect the identities of local people from historical, political, climatic conditions to cultural and territorial points of view. Continue reading

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27/07/14 Ballet , experience abroad , Latest posts , News

Apply for 9th International Choreograpbhy Competition “no ballet” till August 5, 2014

Apply for 9th International Choreograpbhy Competition “no ballet” till August 5, 2014

In the last eight years »no ballet« has established itself as a renowned player on the international dance scene – the proof: above 2000 applications from more than 50 nations. Nearly 100 dancers and choreographers enchanted each time the audience, the jury and the media with their passion, hard work and enthusiasm. The result was three exciting days in the “Theater im Pfalzbau” – contemporary dance of the highest level! Therefore the “Theater im Pfalzbau” will stage from 20th to 22nd of November 2014 the 9th International Choreography Competition »no ballet«. Once again the event will take place according to the idea and artistic concept of the choreographer Juliane Rößler. 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

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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20/05/14 contemporary dance in Latvia , experience abroad , Latest posts , News

“Stories from the park” in the park

“Stories from the park” in the park

As part of the month-long project Ziedoņdārza stāsti which is part of the Riga 2014 program in the nearby neighborhood park, choreographers Joséphine A. Garibaldi and Paul Zmolek were working with students from the Latvian Culture College dance program and one student musician to create “Stories from the Park” to be performed 23 May at 18:00 on the benches and lawn near the water fountain. The park is called Ziedoņdārzs (Spring Garden) and it is located at the intersection of A.Čaka St.and Artilērijas St.in Riga, Latvia. Continue reading

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11/05/14 DANCEPUNKC , experience abroad , Latest posts , News

Keðja Wilderness Dance in Bebrene

Keðja Wilderness Dance in Bebrene

Today, on May 11, 2014 at 15:00 in Bebrene/Dviete there will be a second showing of the outcomes of the keðja Wilderness Dance residences. Norwegian choreographer Ingri Midgard Fiksdal together with Pernille Holden, Ingeleiv Berstad, Eivind Seljeseth and Kristin Helgebostad were in residency in Bebrene from June 13 till July 4, 2013. This year from April 22 till May 12 a group of Finnish artists (Satu Herrala, Eva Muilu, Anna Mustonena, Masi Tiittahave) been living and working in Bebrene. We will see how the showing will go this time, we’ll try to ask people. Meanwhile we are publishing an investigation text about the last year’s performance. As you know very well in small villages it doesn’t matter what really happened, what matters is what people think and say about it. Continue reading

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08/05/14 experience abroad , Latest posts , News

INSIDE by Dmitrijs Gaitjukevičs at NEW BALTIC DANCE ’14 festival

INSIDE by Dmitrijs Gaitjukevičs at NEW BALTIC DANCE ’14 festival

There should be no year without Latvian dance in Vilnius! We are glad to announce that in 2o14 the performance INSIDE choreographed by Dmitrijs Gaitjukevičs is included in the program of the NEW BALTIC DANCE ’14 festival and will be shown on May 14 at 19:00 in the Black Hall of the Arts Printing House. “INSIDE” is the recipient of the Theater Award in contemporary dance nomination of the season 2012/2013. It will be a shared evening with Estonian (Latvian origin) choreographer Renate Valme and Kompanii Nii in work called PUNG. But the festival starts already tomorrow – it will run from May 9 till May 15 and will feature many worth seeing Lithuanian and foreign performances. As the festival director Audronis Imbrasas said – there is a jump in the number of dance performances produced in Lithuania to compare with previous years.

The program of the NEW BALTIC DANCE ’14 Continue reading

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08/05/14 Calendar , experience abroad , Latest posts , News

ICE HOT – Nordic Dance Platform in Oslo

ICE HOT – Nordic Dance Platform in Oslo

The third edition of ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform will run from 9 – 14 December, 2014. This time the host for the event is Dansens Hus in Oslo, Norway. During five days prominent dance artists from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Norway will provide a unique insight into the state of Nordic contemporary dance. Continue reading

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28/04/14 contemporary dance in Latvia , Education and research , experience abroad , Latest posts , News

Two American choreographers and nineteen Latvian dance students

Two American choreographers and nineteen Latvian dance students

Inta Balode

As part of the International Day of Dance events, on April 29th at 18:00 in the venue of the Latvian Academy of Culture called “Zirgu Pasts” (Dzirnavu iela 46, Riga, Latvia) two short performances created by American choreographers will be held. Joséphine A. Garibaldi is a visiting Fulbright Scholar working in Latvia for six months; Michelle Boulé came to Latvia for a short two week teaching/choreographing residency as part of the exchange project between the New York based organization Movement Research and The Association of the Professional Contemporary Dance Choreographers in Latvia.

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