BananneFabrik Contemporary Art Centre12, rue du Puits, L-2355 Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Latvian Dance Day: Where Traditional Meets Contemporary
Two short movies by Latvian contemporary dance artists
An exhibition of traditional Latvian costumes and photographs of traditional dance
Three screens with looping videos from Latvian Song and Dance Celebrations
Dive by Dmitrijs Gaitjukevičš
Research in Dance by Elīna Gaitjukeviča
Across (Šķērsām) by Krišjānis Sants and a team of dancers from Luxembourg and Latvia
Dmitrijs Gaitjukevičs graduated from the Riga Choreography School and has a BA from the Department of Contemporary Dance Choreography at the Latvian Academy of Culture. He has danced for the Russian 'Provincial Dances' dance company (2007/2008 Ekaterinburg) and has worked with Branko Potochan (Slovenia) and together with the Stellaris dance theatre and choreographer Solveig Leinan Hermo in Norway.
Elīna Gaitjukeviča is a Latvian contemporary dance performer, teacher and choreographer. She has been a leader of the Ritms Dance Company since 2002, but also works as an independent choreographer. In 2007, Elīna founded a contemporary dance project called Anatomy of Dance – a platform for local young choreographers and dancers that gives demonstrations of newly staged performances approximately twice in a year. She graduated from the Latvian Academy of Culture and gained further experience at dance festivals such as the American Dance Festival, ImPulsTanz in Austria and TSEKH 06`07` in Russia. She received the DanceWEB Europe scholarship in 2009.
Krišjānis Sants is also a dance graduate of the Latvian Academy of Culture, and went on to follow the PARTS Training Cycle and Research Cycle in Belgium. Krišjānis has just started two new projects with Brussels-based artist Nanya Eslava and psychotherapist Andis Geste, and is also busy with the latest version of his ongoing series of Ornament Dances. He is a participant in the EU project Identity.Move! and is one of the Artistic Directors of the Latvian Professional Contemporary Dance Choreographers Association