Dance is thinking

On March 26, 2018, the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia will host the first event of the series “Dance is thinking”. This event is organized by Latvian Dance Information Centre. The series of events will include different lectures, demonstrations, seminars, insights into the creative processes and other forms of public presentations by Latvian and foreign professionals. The aim of the project is to give an insight into physical, intellectual, visual and emotional ideas about the dance arts and the use of those ideas in other field and everyday life.

The first event proposes meetings with two Nordic artists. Choreographer and ballet pedagogue Annemari Autere had her ballet carrier in Norway and Sweden and currently she lives in France. She has given masterclasses in Latvia several times – while working with dancers at the Latvian Academy of Culture, Riga Choreography School, Latvian National opera and ballet, festivals “Time to Dance” and “New Dance in a New Place”, The Association of Professional ballet etc. Annemari will offer a lecture-demonstration “Knowing body” dealing with the issues of human anatomy in quite scientific nevertheless broader than usual perspective. Her BalletBodyLogic method of body conditioning or “tuning the instrument” is equally useful for ballet dancers and IT specialists, for break-dancers and housewives.

Another guest will be theatre and dance researcher, the chair of the board of the Nordic Summer University (NSU) Disa Kamula from Finland. She will talk about the model of NSU, particularly pointing out the role of artistic research, which is a great platform not only for academics but also for arts practitioners to share their creative searches and through that promoting the prestige and accessibility of usually quiet silent dance arts. Disa Kamula will share her experience on how the ability to reflect on your own artistic practice influences the audience development.

The event is free of charge; however the number of participants is limited, so please register in advance through email – Working language will be English.

The event is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia and Nordic Summer University.