Category Archives: Education and research

After the conference “Is Dance One?”

Between November 22nd and 25th in Riga  an international conference dedicated to dance named “Is Dance One?”, organized by Dance Info Latvia (LDIC) took place. The conference gathered a dance sphere theorists and practitioners from Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Estonia, Belorussia and Norway.  The purpose of the conference was to promote collaboration and understanding between the […]

Meeting Caroline Waters at ECITE 2016

Ilze Zirina
Caroline Waters is CI practicioner since middle of 80’s. Based in Great Britain, Caroline is currently an Associate Lecturer of Dance at Chichester University, is a Broadcaster on Brighton and Hove Community Radio and a performer in Tanglehead Productions and The Carnival Collective.
Amongst all the traveling teaching at international level, Caroline was an Associate […]

Dances with theory and power

Inta Balode
The article was first published in music magazine “M?zikas saule” on September 2015. Translation into English by Ilze Millere and Inta Balode
I decided to think about who dances, who thinks and who has power. Power in quite broad sense as influence, superiority and authority often holding hands with financing, visibility and fame. Power that […]

Holding the Center. About ECITE 2016

Ilze Z?ri?a
There are many great people taking care for the development of contemporary dance as well as Contact Improvisation (CI) in Latvia. Still, feels like the development happens slow and has a certain heaviness in itself: enthusiasts are running out of strength and passion. They step back, other enthusiasts come instead and “fight” for few […]

Summer Dance School’16 in Vilnius

Summer Dance School is the annual educational dance event which is held for the seventeenth time on 15th-20th of August at Arts Printing House, Vilnius. This year organizers introduce 5 teachers from USA, Nigeria, Slovakia, Austria and Lithuania. They will present 6 different dance disciplines. All seminars are dedicated for search and expansion of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]