Category Archives: REVIEWS and TEXTS

2D Dance. Sintija Siliņa dance performance’s ‘Rock Bottom /// Bedre’ review

Max Ryynänen

The review was written as a part of the project 2D Dance where foreign authors assessed video recordings of several Latvian dance performances. 2D Dance is an experiment that studies if dance is a readable form of art when put on the screen, and how local choreographers’ work can be perceived by authors who know little or nothing about […]

The Latvian Dance Award Ceremony. Photo: Margarita Germane

2019 Reviews

Gundija Zandersona

In 2019 a variety of writers submitted reviews to journal. This collection of celebratory, and critically reflective texts are a testament to the growing ecology, and recognition of dance practices in Latvia.


The Latvian Dance Information Centre (LDIC) invited Larisa Abizova (a leading ballet critic from St. Peterburg) to review three works performed by […]

Imagining I am 20, accepting I am 45+ and keep dancing

Lifelong Dance Practice: Project 45+. Notes and opinions on some repeating topics
Inta Balode
It was my pleasure to spend some days in June 2018 together with the group of people of a great dance project “Lifelong Dance Practice: Project 45+”. This time the group consisted of participants from UK, Norway, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia: Fiona […]

#bodymatters. About Ben J. Riepe’s performance “Carne Vale!”

By Sintija Silina
Hashtags do not escape our conversation. Awareness of the time we are living in, assessment of the current economic, political and social climate, questions of our relations with the past and the future, of topical societal processes and the redefinition of values. If we are to call contemporary art “contemporary,” this should be […]

Are You in the “Context” ?!

By Olga Dolina
Sometimes it happens to experience written in the stars-like situations. When you wake up one rainy November morning and realize that hustle and bustle of Latvian culture festivals is long gone, and you want something more than just an everyday routine. I woke up having a clear wish to dive into the energy […]

Heart Beats Light in the polar night

Ilze Zirina
In short
From November 5 till 12, 2017 interdisciplinary international project Heart Beats Light was presented at the Dance Festival Barents in Hammerfest, Norway. Dance representatives form Latvia, Inta Balode, Vilnis Birins, Ramona Galkina, Ilze Zirina and Olga Zitluhina, together with dancers of Stellaris DansTeater Ekaterina Nikitina, Eivind Linn, Tonje Aas Molnes from Norway participated […]

Far north makes a project “45+” last longer

Inta Balode*
“You are provoking; you must be a journalist,” says one of the participants of the discussion after listening to couple of my questions to the group of choreographers of “45+” project gathered in their final lab in Hammerfest, Norway. Tonight “45+” members are discussing the future of the network. “It is good to ask questions […]