2019May

  • May 02 d., Thursday * 19:00
    New Baltic Dance'19: OF IVORY AND FLESH - STATUES ALSO SUFFER | Marlene Monteiro Freitas (Cape Verde/Portugal)
    choreography: Marlene Monteiro Freitas | performance: Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Lander Patrick, Cookie (percussion), Tomás Moital (percussion), Miguel Filipe (percussion) | light and space: Yannick Fouassier | live music: Cookie (percussion) | edition and sound: Tiago Cerqueira  | research: João Francisco Figueira, Marlene Monteiro Freitas | production: P.OR.K (Lisbon, PT)  | distribution: Key Performance (Stockholm, SE) coproduction: O Espaço do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo (PT); Alkantara Festival, Lisbon (PT); Maria Matos Teatro Municipal, Lisbon (PT); Bomba Suicida, Lisbon (with the support of DGArtes, PT); CCN Rillieux-la-pape (FR); Musée de la danse, Rennes (FR); Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR); Festival Montpellier Danse 2014, Montpellier (FR); ARCADI, Paris (FR); CDC Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse (FR); Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, Bordeaux (FR); Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bruxelas (BE); WP Zimmer, Antwerp (BE); NXTSTP (with the support of the EU Culture Programme) | with the support of: ACCCA - Companhia Clara Andermatt, Lisbon (PT) | acknowledgements: Staresgrime (PT), Dr. Ephraim Nold premiere: 2014
    duration: 80' (without intermission) Stone, wax, wood, metal, ivory and other materials served man to create bodies, figures, mechanic puppets… Physically and emotionally crafted, forms of the virtual world, deified or freely fantasied, they managed to simulate life and trick death. In Ovid's Metamorphoses, the story of Pygmalion that develops within the myth of Orpheus, is a song of hope in resurrection. In this story inside a story, which narrates transgressions, death and earthly limits are defied through desire. The subtitle of this project relates to Alain Resnais and Chris Marker’s Les statues meurent aussi / Statues also die, of 1953. The French word "souffrir" means both to suffer (to be in pain) and to wait (it can be said of an unclaimed package at the post office). Within the frame of our project, bodies-statues "suffer from reminiscences": the agile and performing body becomes a body of symptoms, as if gestures become reminiscent and intense. Statues are a possible metaphor for stillness; balls, a possible one for movement; petrification, one that may stand for the transformation of humans into statues, corresponding to a rooting into the place where it occurs. Petrification turns to be the strangest metamorphosis to movement and the most contradictory to the idea of a ball. Of Ivory and Flesh - Statues also Suffer is a ball of petrified figures. Marlene Monteiro Freitas (Cape Verde, 1979) studied dance at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, in Lisbon at the Escola Superior de Dança and at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. In her native country, Cape Verde, she co-founded the dance group Compass and collaborates with musician Vasco Martins. She worked with Emmanuelle Huynh, Loïc Touzé, Tânia Carvalho, Boris Charmatz, among others. Her creations include: Bacchae - Prelude to a Purge (2017), Jaguar (2015), with Andreas Merk, Of ivory and flesh - statues also suffer (2014), Paradise - private collection (2012-2013), (M)imosa, co-created with Trajal Harrell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea (2011), Guintche (2010), A Seriedade do Animal (2009-10), Uns e Outros (2008), A Improbabilidade da Certeza (2006), Larvar (2006), Primeira Impressão (2005). The common denominator of these works is openness, impurity and intensity. In 2017 Marlene received Jaguar, a prize for the best choreography, from Portuguese Society of Authors (SPA), and in the same year she was distinguished by the government of Cape Verde for her cultural achievement. In 2018 she created the piece Canine Jaunâtre 3 for Batsheva Dance Company. Also in 2018 La Biennale di Venezia awarded MMF with the Silver Lion for Dance. She has an ongoing collaboration with O Espaço do Tempo (PT) and from 2016-2018 La Manufacture CDCN (FR) contemplates her with the program “Artiste Associé”. She is the co-founder of P.OR.K, her production structure in Lisbon (PT). New Baltic Dance festival is organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilniaus Festivaliai arts printing house | black hall tickets: 31,20 Eur | tickets at the box office of TIKETA (buy online here) Pierre PLANCHENAULT photos
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  • May 03 d., Friday * 18:00
    New Baltic Dance'19: UNDER THE FLESH | Bassam Abou Diab (Lebanon)
    choreography and direction: Bassam Abou Diab | performers: Bassam Abou Diab, Samah Tarabay and a translator | music composition: Samah Tarabay premiere: 2016 duration: 30' Under the Flesh is a personal reflexion that raises the question of how the body reacts in situations of war and danger and how this survival condition can be turned into a kind of dance with its specific technique. Bassam Abou Diab is a theatre graduate from the Lebanese University and a folklore and contemporary dance artist. He performed Not Connected, Under the Flesh and Of What I Remember in which he was the choreographer and the dancer. In addition, he directed and choreographed Palestinian Karma, a performance for the national Academy of Rome that he performed in Ravello festival in Italy.   He has been dancing with Omar Rajeh|Maqamat for several years. He performed in Mushrooms and Fig Leaves, Hibr, That Part of Heaven and Watadour. He was also part of the intensive dance training program Takween in 2010 and 2011, where he worked with choreographers such as Marcel Leemann, Emilyn Claid, Thierry Smits, Luc Dunberry, Marco Cantalupo, Anani Dodji Sanouvi, Radhouane El Meddeb, Jens Bjerregaard, Kristina De Chatelle, Damien Jalet and Franceso Scavetta. Bassam has also performed in theater plays in Lebanon with directors such as Nidal al Ashkar, Jawad al Asadi, Ossama Halal, Rouaida al Ghali, Badih Abou Chakra and Malek Andary.   New Baltic Dance festival is organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilniaus Festivaliai arts printing house | pocket hall
    tickets: 16,20 Eur | tickets at the box office of TIKETA (buy tickets here05.03 SOLD OUT    
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  • May 03 d., Friday * 19:00
    New Baltic Dance'19: EVEN WORSE | Guilherme Miotto / Corpo Maquina (The Netherlands)
    choreographer: Guilherme Miotto | dancers: Shane Boers, Simon Bus and Evangelos Biskas | soundscape: Joel Ryan | scenography and lighting design: Erik van de Wijdeven | costume design: Guilherme Miotto | dramaturgy: Moos van den Broek | produced by: Corpo Máquina | made with financial support from the Breda municipality, the Performing Arts Fund, Dans- Brabant and Podium Bloos.

    premiere: 2017 duration: 50'   In Even Worse choreographer Guilherme Miotto brings three of the most remarkable dancers from urban and contemporary dance together on a stage. After the dark duet Gefallen (2014) for b-boys Joey Schrauwen and Menno van Gorp, and the solo Rise Up (2015) – which brought Van Gorp a nomination for a Zwaan award – Miotto has now created a trio: Even Worse.   Shane Boers, Simon Bus and Evangelos Biskas are three well-matched dancers from widely differing backgrounds: from cutting-edge breakdance to experimental hiphop and contemporary dance. In Even Worse the styles all blend to form a new and distinct vocabulary. We witness three young men with virtuoso motor skills, in the midst of a casual yet tense togetherness, each wrestling with his own individual obsessions and fears. Lifted up by the dynamics created by their sense of community, they proceed to create a series of heroic images to test themselves and each other repeatedly. Alternating between resistance and surrender they organise one escape after another. Undiluted energy translated into pure physicality. Sometimes exuberant, sometimes painful, and sad, too, but arresting every time.   Guilherme Miotto received the Andre Gingras Award in 2015. The judges’ report read: “Departing from his radical integrity, Miotto creates shows with a very unique, contrary signature. Like a piece of hard-hitting poetry, raw and delicate at the same time. His work is suffused with the complexities of our age, with his performers who appear to be propelled by their surroundings, their bodies struggling to find their balance.”   New Baltic Dance festival is organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilniaus Festivaliai arts printing house | black hall
    tickets: 16,20 Eur | tickets at the box office of TIKETA (buy tickets here) Photo by Steven Ligtherta  
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  • May 04 d., Saturday * 17:00
    New Baltic Dance'19: UNDER THE FLESH | Bassam Abou Diab (Lebanon)
    choreography and direction: Bassam Abou Diab | performers: Bassam Abou Diab, Samah Tarabay and a translator | music composition: Samah Tarabay premiere: 2016 duration: 30' Under the Flesh is a personal reflexion that raises the question of how the body reacts in situations of war and danger and how this survival condition can be turned into a kind of dance with its specific technique. Bassam Abou Diab is a theatre graduate from the Lebanese University and a folklore and contemporary dance artist. He performed Not Connected, Under the Flesh and Of What I Remember in which he was the choreographer and the dancer. In addition, he directed and choreographed Palestinian Karma, a performance for the national Academy of Rome that he performed in Ravello festival in Italy.   He has been dancing with Omar Rajeh|Maqamat for several years. He performed in Mushrooms and Fig Leaves, Hibr, That Part of Heaven and Watadour. He was also part of the intensive dance training program Takween in 2010 and 2011, where he worked with choreographers such as Marcel Leemann, Emilyn Claid, Thierry Smits, Luc Dunberry, Marco Cantalupo, Anani Dodji Sanouvi, Radhouane El Meddeb, Jens Bjerregaard, Kristina De Chatelle, Damien Jalet and Franceso Scavetta. Bassam has also performed in theater plays in Lebanon with directors such as Nidal al Ashkar, Jawad al Asadi, Ossama Halal, Rouaida al Ghali, Badih Abou Chakra and Malek Andary.   New Baltic Dance festival is organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilniaus Festivaliai arts printing house | pocket hall
    tickets: 16,20 Eur | tickets at the box office of TIKETA (buy tickets here05.03 SOLD OUT    
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  • May 04 d., Saturday * 19:00
    New Baltic Dance'19: UNIFORME | Sabina Scarlat (Belgium)
    direction: Sabina Scarlat | performance: Sabina Scarlat and Irene Russolillo | scenography: Damian and Kilian van der Velden | music: Giovanni di Domenico | lights design: Etienne Forestier | dramaturgic and choreographic adviser: Lisi Estaras/Ballets C de la B | co-productions: Balsamine Theater, Les Halles de Schaerbeek With the support of Wallonia Brussels Federation   Uniforme has been developed as part of Garage29 Incubator.   premiere: 2017 duration: 50’ Uniforme stages the necessity of destroying before the necessity of preserving or building again. Coiled in a monotonous music evolving nevertheless in crescendo, two similar women orchestrate the demolition of a sand sculpted decor. Their repeated gestures emphasizing breaking and collapse operate a slow but certain erosion that transfigures the landscape, reducing it to nothing. With a childlike nonchalance, they then begin to rebuild, transforming the apocalyptic landscape into a new miniature city. But once their world is rebuilt, they do not resist the pleasure of destroying it again. The nonsense that emerges at first sight from this infernal repetition claims the right place of destruction in the cycle of life. Uniforme shapes a world inhabited by beings who make the active and repeated choice of becoming the actors of a natural and necessary corrosion. Neither victims nor executioners of an environment that they shape indefinitely, they renew without concession their pleasure to create, building their identity in a short-lived, fragile world full of loss. Shortly after having started to study ballet in 1991 at the Bucharest National Conservatory in Romania, Sabina Scarlat experienced a fundamental life shift in her arrival in Brussels. At the end of the adolescence, she threw her interest at philosophy and psychoanalysis. She studied psychology at the Free University of Brussels, but spent her weekends at the parties of the Brussels alternative scene of the beginning of 2000s with its dance and electronic music. It was only a matter of time before she met contemporary dance in a city such as Brussels.   After a few years of double life between her work as psychotherapist and dance, in 2010 she started Garage29, a creation and research space for performing arts that welcomes budding choreographers from all over the world. For several years now, Garage29 has established itself as an inspiring venue where choreographers are encouraged to invent new frameworks, systems and formulas for creation. In 2017, putting into practice her interest for hybrid creations, she signed her first work as a choreographer, Uniforme, a dancing duo on a scenography of sand.     New Baltic Dance festival is organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilniaus Festivaliai     arts printing house | black hall
    tickets: 16,20 Eur | tickets at the box office of TIKETA (buy tickets here)
      Photo by Giulia Ferrando  
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  • May 05 d., Sunday * 19:00
    New Baltic Dance'19: CELLULE | Nach Van Van Dance Company (France)
    choreography, performance, text and images: Nach | set design, light and video: Emmanuel Tussore | technical manager, sound designer: Vincet Hoppe | set construction: Boris Munger and Jean-Alain Van | co-produced with: Espace 1789, Scène conventionnée danse – Saint-Ouen, Maison Daniel Féry – Nanterre, CDCN Atelier de Paris / Carolyn Carlson – Vincennes, Théâtre de Fresnes | with the support of: La Maison des Métallos – Paris, La Scène nationale de Saint-Nazaire, le CN D – Pantin,  Le CCN de Roubaix, le CCN de La Rochelle | thanks to: Heddy Maalem and Marcel Bozonnet   premiere: 2017 duration: 35'   I am a warrior. I take risk. Day after day, I am making up, I find out, I dare, I don’t bend. I am alone in my identity suspended.
    I am moved to tears. I grab my guts, I devour my loved ones. I am multiple, pure, violent, « jouissante », suffering. My soul is burning, it’s sacred. I whisper in churches. I beg. I seize I take my pain out to undo it.   I am Nach.   A monster lost in myths and cultures.
    I fascinate, I frighten, I disgust, I feed fantasies. I am a goddess, a whore, a witch, a holy Mary. I am ugly. I get high with life.
    I seek a ritual to be created.
    I don't care about Art, necessity only is worth.   Nach is a young woman who started to take an interest in Krump after watching David LaChapelle’s movie Rize and running into one of these dance performances in front of Opéra de Lyon in 2005. From urban rituals on the roofs of the Porte de Montreuil to Éloge du puissant Royaume by the contemporary choreographer Heddy Maalem, Nach says that she is “exploring the territory of her inner lights and shades (…) and playing with the ambiguity of her androgynous body, two beings conversing within the same body”.   As, like all the Krumpers, Nach is herself and her avatar, her personal. In her dance solo Cellule, video projections coat the walls of this cell with interplays of close-ups on embracing bodies. Of Krump, this very codified and hierarchised dance born in Los Angeles in the 2000s following race riots, Nach is presenting a personal version, freed from the past but loyal to the peers of the movement.   New Baltic Dance festival is organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilniaus Festivaliai   arts printing house | black hall
    tickets: 16,20 Eur | tickets at the box office of TIKETA (buy tickets here)
     
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  • May 05 d., Sunday * 12:00
    New Baltic Dance'19: 10:01 DANCE STORY | Denisas Kolomyckis (Lietuva)
    author: Denisas Kolomyckis | collaboration: Agnė Petrulėnaitė, Daniel Broadbent | partners: Lithuanian Culture Institute, Cultural attcahe in the United Kingdom, Justė Kostikovaitė, „Pavilion Dance South West“ (PDSW), Arts Printing House premiere: 2019
    duration: 4 hours New Baltic Dance festival is organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilniaus Festivaliai arts printing house | pocket hall, foyer
    free admission
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  • May 07 d., Tuesday * 19:00
    New Baltic Dance'19: MOMENTUM | CocoonDance (Germany)
    by and with: Alvaro Esteban, Werner Nigg, András Déri | choreography,  direction: Rafaële Giovanola | music: Franco Mento | light design, set: Marc Brodeur | parkour workshop: Frédéric Voeffray | choreographic assistance: Fa-Hsuan Chen | dramaturgy: Rainald Endraß | management: Mechtild Tellmann | photos by: Klaus Fröhlich and Fa-Hsuan Chen | coproduction: Theater im Ballsaal Bonn, Malévoz Quartier Culturel, Théâtre du Crochetan Monthey (CH) | funded by: Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Bundesstadt Bonn, Théâtre-ProVS, Le Conseil de la Culture Etat du Valais, La Loterie Romande
    premiere: 2016 duration: 45'   In Momentum three dancers take themselves to the very edge of their physical limits driven by DJ Franco Mento’s pulsating live beats. United by rhythm and speed, lighting effects and frenzied sounds, their movements unleash a hypnotic source of energy that seems to connect them seamlessly with the audience in a shared and ever-intensifying kinesthetic experience.   Based on a research on parkour, a sport that takes every obstacle in a given space as an occasion for new possibilities in movement, Momentum plays with the magnetic fascination that derives from the opportunity to lose oneself in the moment and the impulse of movement, allowing physical perception in the here and now.   CocoonDance was founded by choreographer Rafaële Giovanola and dramaturg Rainald Endraß in 2000. Swiss-born Giovanola was a soloist in Turin before being brought to the Frankfurt Ballett by William Forsythe for the duration of eight years. After this, she worked with Pavel Mikuláštik’s Choreographisches Theater, with Bonn as the last station. Since 2000, CocoonDance has been producing and performing in the independent Theater im Ballsaal in Bonn; since the season 2004/05 the company also is curating the dance program and is responsible for organization and financing of the theatre.   CocoonDance has established itself as a dance-arts institution with an extensive network not only within the artistic world, but also in the field of cultural education. The engine of CocoonDance’s 15 years of artistic development is improvisation and ensemble work, democratic structures and a tremendously constant teamwork. CocoonDance, who has been for years “consistently experimenting with new narrative techniques, artistic methods for contemporary dance“ (Westdeutsche Zeitung) are touring on five continents by now and have been awarded numerous prizes, as well in the field of art education.     New Baltic Dance festival is organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilniaus Festivaliai
    The project is supported by the Goethe Institut     arts printing house | black hall
    tickets: 16,20 Eur | tickets at the box office of TIKETA (buy tickets here)   Photo by Klaus Frohlich    
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  • May 08 d., Wednesday * 20:30
    New Baltic Dance'19: NORMAL DESIRES | Emile Pineault (Canada)
    direction and performance: Emile Pineault | lighting and set design: Julien Brun | sound design: Joël Lavoie | dramaturgic advisor: Sebastian Kann | outside views: Peter James, Mimi Jeong | production: Danse-Cité | creatives residencies: Circuit-Est, Espace Libre, Fondation L'Abri (Genève), Jakta 78 (Prague), Monument National, Destelheide (Dworp)   premiere: 2018 duration: 60'   In Normal Desires, Emile Pineault invites us to open ourselves to acrobatic sensation. A lone figure on stage constantly overflows itself, its edges blurred in kinetic ecstasy. Impact, flux, repetition, constraint, squeezing, pushing, heat, vibration – Pineault’s work moves us through a series of states and affective spaces, mobilizing not only the body but also the powerful technologies of the theatre space to convey a subtle yet intense physical experience.   Emile Pineault is an experienced circus artist, and in this first solo work he takes a critical look at the conventions of acrobatic practice. Here, the circus body is no longer in a position of mastery but rather criss-crossed with lines of irresistible force. A deep engagement with light, sound, created live by Julien Brun and Joël Lavoie, and physical practice works towards the mediation of an acrobat’s ‘inner-motion’, proposing acrobatics as a shared experience – fleshy, rigorous, and intensely hypnotizing.   Being immersed in the circus world since a young age has led Emile Pineault to profoundly re-examine his practice and the artistic field in which he evolves. Positioning himself in a break with the current aesthetics that tend to define and frame the circus practice, he works to decentralize and open the possibilities by proposing circus as a medium part of the complex network of the contemporary art. His current research focuses on sensoriality, embodiments and recycling of his acrobatic practice. He makes acrobatics a shared experience, as visceral and palpable for the viewer as it is for the acrobat.   New Baltic Dance festival is organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilniaus Festivaliai   arts printing house | black hall
    tickets: 16,20 Eur | tickets at the box office of TIKETA (buy tickets here)   Photo by Maxim Paré Fortin      
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  • May 09 d., Thursday * 20:30
    New Baltic Dance'19: KAUNAS ZOO | Aura Dance Theatre (Lithuania)
    choreography: Birutė Letukaitė | costumes: Kristina Čyžiūtė and Birutė Letukaitė | music: improvised music band “Kaunas Zoo” | lights: Vladimiras Šerstabojevas | dancers: Blake Seidel, Chiara Corbetta, Clara Giambino, Evgeniy Kalachev, Jasper Narvaez , Julija Mintautė, Matthew Livingston, Marine Fernandez, Mei Chen premiere: 2019 duration: 60' Dance and live music performance examine the themes of beauty, fashion cult, luxury pursuits and the demonstration of vanity that it brings. The current issues of society and problems caused by life “with masks” are highlighted. Fame and vanity demonstrated in the performance reveal the true inner feelings of the individual, which is often weakened and damaged by distorted dogmas. Attempts are made to reveal the human nature that is altruistic, sensitive and honest to one's own and others. AURA Dance Theatre promotes the expression of contemporary dance in Lithuania. Dance studio AURA, which was established on Birutė Letukaitė’s initiative in 1980, was registered as Kaunas City Theatre in 1995 and is still directed by the prominent choreographer today. During the years of its existence, the theatre created and shaped the face of Lithuanian contemporary dance and trained a great number of professional dancers who are known worldwide. AURA is constantly working on various international projects, cooperates with foreign and Lithuanian choreographers and artists of various fields. For 28 years it has been organising the international dance festival “Aura”. AURA represents Lithuanian contemporary dance in many foreign countries and constantly shares innovative ideas with the world of dancing.   AURA has about 50 city, national and international awards, also has received excellent feedback from both domestic and foreign press. In 2006 Birutė Letukaitė was awarded the Golden Stage Cross for the choreography of performance Aseptic Zone or Lithuanian Songs and in 2008 she became a government cultural and artistic prize winner. 2013 Birutė Letukaitė has got the second Golden Stage Cross for the significant input to the contemporary Lithuanian dance art and Kaunas city Culture and Art award.   New Baltic Dance festival is organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilniaus Festivaliai   arts printing house | black hall
    tickets: 16,20 Eur | tickets at the box office of TIKETA (buy tickets here)
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  • May 10 d., Friday * 20:30
    New Baltic Dance'19: BEDRE / ROCK BOTTOM | Sintija Siliņa (Latvia)
    choreography, idea: Sintija Siliņa | dramaturgy: Linda Krūmiņa | choreography, dance: Laura Kušķe, Alise Madara Bokaldere, Jana Jacuka and Līga Ūbele | video: Kristaps Epners | music: Maksims Šenteļevs | lighting: Oskars Pauliņš | costume design: Liene Dobrāja and Katrīna Liepa | design: Aigars Opincāns | photography: Margarita Germane and Billijs Locs | production: Agnese Skara | Bedre / Rock Bottom performance is created with the support of the State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council and AKKA/LAA. premiere: 2018 duration: 50'   The dark cloud, a 50 kg heavy duty backpack, a swamp, the sandpaper bed, cotton wool, emptiness and rock bottom are only some of the metaphors devoted to depression describing the state a person experiences when facing this disease. Depression is one of the illnesses that is difficult to detect since it is based on superficial assumptions and prejudices about its occurrence, effects and treatment. Alarmingly wide spectrum of people who suffer from depressiondo not seek systematic treatment either because they fail to recognize the illness or because they ignore its symptoms. The state of depression in its various stages and feelings is difficult to convey in words.   The creative team of Bedre / Rock Bottom contemporary dance performance has united efforts to decode the processes of depression using personal experiences and those of others, specialist observations and comments. Dance, video, sound and light is the language of the performance.   After graduating from Latvian Academy of Culture sub-programme Modern Dance Choreography (led by Olga Zhitluhina) in 2007, Sintija Siliņa joined several friends in creating contemporary dance project Anatomy of Dance in Riga, which is her main focus in dance for now. Since 2005 she is teaching and creating choreography in dance studio Intriga as well as in dance studio Ritms next to being an independent choreographer.   Sintija received extra education in several workshop and summer school sessions like: Bates Dance Festival (USA, 2008), Dance Omi International Dance Collective residency for choreographers (USA, 2008), Tsekh (RU, 2006) and ImPulsTanz (AUS, 2005). Sintija was a DanceWEB Europe scholarship recipient in 2007. She was an organiser of interactive event Day of Dance in Riga in 2006, 2007, 2008. Her latest interest is turned towards researching the choreography and its interaction with environment, other art forms, etc.   New Baltic Dance festival is organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilniaus Festivaliai arts printing house | black hall
    tickets: 16,20 Eur | tickets at the box office of TIKETA (buy tickets here)   Photo by Margarita Germane
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  • May 11 d., Saturday * 20:30
    New Baltic Dance '19: FLUIDS | W A U H A U S (Estonia)
    authors-directors: Anni Klein, Jarkko Partanen | performers: Joanna Kalm, Salla Loper, Karolin Poska, Sigrid Savi, Joonas Tagel | sound designer: Heidi Soidinsalo | scenographer and light designer: Samuli Laine | production: Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava, W A U H A U S | producers: Evelyn Raudsepp (STL), Julia Hovi (W A U H A U S) | supported by: Estonian Cultural Endowment, Arts Promotion Center Finland, Theater Info Finland   premiere: 2018 duration: 50′   How to surrender oneself to be moved by someone else? How to be moved by a thing rather by your own will?
    In Fluids W A U H A U S creates a state of slipperiness on stage in which the human subject cannot fully control its own body. Fluids invites the audience to encounter empathy, intimacy and failure in these times when individualism, perfectionism and mistrust prevail in society.
    One part strange spectacle on ice, one part slimy orgy. In Fluids the bodies are vulnerable, limited and dissolve into each other.
    Fluids is a first time collaboration, featuring Estonian dancers Joanna Kalm, Karolin Poska, Sigrid Savi, Joonas Tagel and Swedish actress Salla Loper.
    W A U H A U S is a Helsinki based arts collective, active in today’s performance field. The works of W A U H A U S take on many different forms, but are often centered around materiality, the body of the audience member, empathy, and strong audiovisual concepts.   Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (STL) is a theatre and a contemporary dance platform in Telliskivi creative district. STL is focused on producing performances that deal with movement and body while using the expressive means inherent to contemporary performing arts.   New Baltic Dance festival is organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilniaus Festivaliai   arts printing house | black hall
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  • May 12 d., Sunday * 18:00
    New Baltic Dance'19: OPUS | Christos Papadopoulos (Greece)
    concept, choreography: Christos Papadopoulos | music: Johan Sebastian Bach | music editor: Kornilios Selamsis | light design: Miltiadis Athanasiou-Christos Papadopoulos | costumes: Claire Breiswel | technician: Konstantina Papadopoulou | dancers: Georgios Kotsifakis, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Maria Bregianni, Amalia Kosma premiere: 2016
    puration: 40'

    Opus is a performance based on classical music. The word “classical” derives from the Latin  “classicus” and the Greek “κλασικός”. It describes a composition that is produced according to the principles and ideals of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Classical music often describes a “superior” form of musical composition (opus) characterized by a strict structure and an artistic complexity. The thematic focus of this dance performance is to study this very structure and to present it visually on stage. The main intention is to investigate the central norms of instrumental music and how they apply in an utterly different form of art that is dance. The body becomes a visual version of the musical instrument, and the musical score becomes the physical score that dictates the choreography. Sometimes the body follows the rhythms and sometimes the melodic lines, sometimes it focuses on only one musical instrument and sometimes on two or more, in a way that offers a new code for deciphering the musical composition. One of the major characteristics of classical music is that it consists of highly complex melodies, lines and rhythms that create a sense of narration and result in our sentimental reaction. This performance does not care to elucidate the sentimental aspect of the art music and its psychological impact on the audience. On the contrary, the performers endeavour to detach from the sentimental impact of a musical composition, to resist the tendency for interpretation of the music, and to consider the musical piece as sophisticated series of sounds that create a harmonic logic. It is an attempt to investigate our automatic response to hearing music. Christos Papadopoulos graduated from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, The Netherlands in 2003 and from the Dramatic School of the National Theatre of Greece in 1999.   Christos is a founding member of the dance company Leon and the Wolf. His personal projects include: Opus (Aerowaves Twenty18, Porta Theatre 2016, Théâtre de la Ville-Danse Elargie 2016, Jonkoping, Sweden 2017), Elvedon (Aerowaves Twenty16, Porta Theatre, ARC For Dance Festival, Athens 2015), Counter Reset (Melkweg Amsterdam 2003). In collaboration with choreographer Vaso Giannakopoulou, he conceived and developed the performance Digono (Panorama Dance Festival, Athens, Alexandria Egypt 2005, Istanbul Turkey and Arnhem Holland 2006.
    As a performer Christos has participated in dance projects by Dimitris Papaioannou, Alexandra Waierstall – Noema Dance Company, Kirstin Kuyl Anderson – WEGO, Robert Stain, Fotis Nikolaou's company X-it, Natassa Zouka, Marousso Karaleka, Saskia van de Heur, Martin van de Drift, Mariella Nestora and Ria Higler. He has also worked extensively as a choreographer and movement director for theatrical productions. Christos was a member of the choreography team responsible for the opening ceremony of the European Games in Baku 2015 and opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Athens 2004.
    Since 2013 he collaborates with Odeion Athinon Theatre Academy as an instructor of choreography, composition and improvisation. He has also taught workshops on technique, composition and improvisation in Athens, Chania, Thessaloniki, Copenhagen.   New Baltic Dance festival is organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilniaus Festivaliai   arts printing house | black hall
    tickets: 20, 25, 30 Eur | tickets at the box office of TIKETA (buy tickets here)
      Photo by Patroklos Skafidas  
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  • May 28 d., Tuesday * 19:00
    LOW AIR: The Rite of Spring
    IMPORTANT: performance of 28 May 2019 have been canceled, please return your tickets at the box offices of Tiketa or online contemporary and street dance performance | based on a ballet and orchestral concert work by composer Igor Stravinsky

    idea and choreography Laurynas Žakevičius, Airida Gudaitė | outside eye Vidas Bareikis | performed by Laurynas Žakevičius, Airida Gudaitė, Agnietė Lisičkinaitė, Brigida Gruodytė, Lukas Karvelis, Raidas Petrauskas | scenography Šarūnė Pečiukonytė | composer Lukrecija Petkutė-Dailidienė | costumes Aistė Radzevičiūtė | lighting designer Vilius Vilutis | photographers Visvaldas Morkevičius, Milda Kerpauskaitė, Aura Skulskytė | text Tautė Bernotaitė | graphic design Asta Zaiceva Stalmakova
    duration 40‘ | Low Air Urban Dance Theater | www.lowair.lt
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