„RAZDEDAUCH" is new transnational collaborative dance production between partners from 7 countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, UK, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. BET – Body, Experience, Time.
Becoming present reveals the gained experience we all carry within us, with our interest for this project being to illuminate that uniqueness and capitalise our commonalities and differences within the process of creating. The particularity of the past two years has challenged, shaped and expanded our shared practice, becoming a catalyst for the interweaving themes of breath, physical proximity, and boundaries. Coming from different countries our meetings have been few and fleeting and have taken many different forms and constellations, yet, something meaningful always comes into existence when we are simply present in a moment with each other. Underscoring this project and performance of mature dance artists from different backgrounds is the celebration of the notion that dance and dancing belongs to everyone – at every age.
PREMIERE in Tallinn Sakala3 Theatre April 1st&2nd 2022, in Riga June 18th 2022 at "Time to dance" festival.
Supported by: Creative Europe, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Latvian Ministry of Culture, Latvian Cultural Endowment, Nordic Culture Point, Barents Secretariat, Arts Promotion Center Finland, EU Creative Europe.
Baiba Ozolina (Latvia) is producer and manager of the project "Lifelong Dance Practice: Project 45+" (2016-2021, supported by Nordic Culture Point). She has a classical education from the Latvian Academy of Culture, BA in Culture History, Theory and Management, MA in Theory of Culture and great experience in culture projects management. Starting with organization of cultural events and concerts in Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, continues with project management for Olga Zitluhina Dance Company and The Latvian Association of Professional Contemporary Dance Choreographers. From the very beginning and now working in association PARTY with choreographer Olga Zitluhina as a producer and manager with main activities and responsibilities - organization and production of dance events, performances, workshops and annual International Dance Festival LAIKS DEJOT (Time to Dance, the biggest contemporary dance festival in Latvia since 2006). Author and producer of the international Ibsen Scholarships 2013 winner project "Moved by Brand", from which the well known dance performance"ARA" - 2 National Theater award winner - began.
Vilnis Bīriņš (Latvia): My most significant experience in movement and dance is with the Ansis Rutental Movement Theater. I was lucky - when I was 19 I was accepted into this group led by the genius artist Ansis Rutental (1949-2000). Looking for new ways to train the actor/dancer, he spent time researching the development of an authentic training method. The artistic explorations the method created were extremely successful, leading to innovative and sophisticated performances. I am still working with this theater and continue to make performances and perform in them. I also enjoy running classes and workshops. My field is the so-called "stage movement" method, that enables performers to find genuine impulses in the body and "not to lie" on the stage. Workshops are intended for both dancers and actors.
Ramona Galkina (Latvia) has worked in a contemporary dance field since 1996 and was a member of Olga Zitluhina Dance Company (1996-2012). She teaches dance and movement disciplines to dance and theatre students at the Latvian Academy of Culture since 2004. She has been qualified as a certificated Feldenkrais Method ® practitioner (Feldenkrais International Training Program, Vienna). Recently as a dancer and choreographer Ramona is working on different projects in the field of dance and theatre. Since 2009 she is the executive director of the Contemporary Dance Festival "Laiks dejot" in Riga, Latvia.
Olga Zitluhina (Latvia) is a choreographer, dancer, director of the international contemporary dance festival "Time to dance", professor of the Latvian Academy of Culture and director of the Bachelor's program "Contemporary dance art", pedagogue at Riga Choreography School. Member of the Board of the Party Party, Member of the Latvian Dance Council. Actively teaches and participates in international workshops, dance camps, conferences and residences, organises creative residencies, is Founder and organiser of the international project "Lifelong Dance Practice: Project 45+" . She is a jury member of international dance competitions, including being the jury chairman of the contemporary dance festival Tochka (Omsk, Russia).
Toby Gunn (Sweden) is a British dance artist but has had his permanent base in Sweden for many years. During his career as a dancer he has worked with an array of choreographers from across the globe since 1990, and feels that dancing for money is still great fun! He makes solo and collaborative work on a regular basis and has an occasional company, Toby Gunn Et Al. Toby has a long experience of teaching both open professional classes and in full-time vocational institutions. He is committed to expanding the education of contemporary dance artists.
Virpi Juntti (Finland) is dancer and a dance wonderer/wanderer. She has worked mostly as a freelance dancer since I graduated from the Theatre Academy's Dance Department in Helsinki 1996, but I have also been a part of two dance companies Tommi Kitti Company (2000-2010) and Gruppen Fyra (since 2003). In them she had worked with the same people for years and that I feel has been a very important reason for me to continue dancing. For Virpi, the miracle on stage or the flow of experience happens through teamwork, through collective thinking. „I am a better person because of dance. Without it I would be at least duller, more tense, lazy, and narrow minded. And the word "dance" consists of the people that I have danced with, like the people in this lifelong dance practice project. When I have doubts towards this profession and I get tired of it, I just follow the passion and the playfulness of others, and I am back in the joy and humour which are the most important for me in dance practice. There needs to be lightness and self-irony in it. 45+ participants have that. I am blessed and fortunate to be part of this project".
Oleg Ostanin (Finland) has been a professional dancer since 1988 and worked with the companies: Nord Star Dance Theater (Tallinn,Estonia); Fine5 Dance Theatre (Tallinn,Estonia); Historical Dance Theater Saltatores Revaliences (Tallinn, Estonia); National Opera "Estonia" (Tallinn, Estonia); Dance Theater Raatikko (Vantaa, Finland); Dance Theater ERI (Turku,Finland); Carnival Cruise Line (USA). Currently he teaches ballet classes to children in the sports clubs COCO Sport (Turku, Finland) and VG-62 (Naantali, Finland). He has always been attracted by the variety of styles in dance and music and he has always considered, and continues to consider, dance as his life's work.
Goda Laurinavičiūtė (Lithuania) started her educational and creative path at Kaunas Contemporary Dance Theater Aura 1989 - 2000. In 2004 she received a Master's degree at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. In addition to dance roles she has always done pedagogical work: taught contemporary dance technique, contact improvisation, yoga in all professional dance or acting Lithuanian schools for dance and drama students as well as with dance lovers of all ages. Awarded the Prize of the Works of Professional Theater Artists "Golden Cross of the Stage" for the role created in 2016 in the performance "Towers of Melancholy" by choreographer A. Naginevičiūtė.
Solveig Leinan-Hermo (Norway) studied dance and pedagogy at The Norwegian Opera Ballet School, She started her professional dance job in the company to day called the nationalballet, and later studied theatre and cultural subjects at college and university, as well as choreography, different dance techniques and management. When she founded Stellaris DansTeater in 1980 she formed the basis for professional dance activity in northern Norway, focusing her activity on the Barents Region / Northern Areas. Through many years she has contributed to the growth of dance as an art form both locally, nationally and internationally. She has worked to establish both DanseFestival Barents and Dansearena nord in Hammerfest, and was one of the founding members of Forum for nordnorske Dansekunstnere (FnnD). Dance artist Solveig Leinan-Hermo is Director and Owner of Stellaris DansTeater. Stellaris DansTeater celebrates 40 years and Solveig 45 years as a dance artist in 2020.
Marie Hermo Jensen (Norway) was born and raised in Hammerfest, Norway. She studied at the School of Contemporary Dance in Oslo (Norway) and has a BA (Hons) from London Contemporary Dance School, where she focused on improvisation and choreography. Hermo Jensen is employed by Stellaris DansTeater, where she works as a dance artist, film artist and project collaborator as well as contributing in administration and marketing. Hermo Jensen has contributed to Forum for North Norwegian Dance Artists, DanseFestival Barents, the Northern Norwegian regional stage for dance (today Dansearena nord) and Barents Dance Network through Stellaris DansTeater. She is a trustee of Waikato Contemporary Dance Projects Trust in Waikato (New Zealand) and was Artistic and Administrative Director of DanseFestival Barents in Hammerfest, Norway 2016-2018. In 2019 Hermo Jensen started Moving Community in collaboration with Gaenor Brown/Word Sparks Applied Theatre and in 2020 she co-founded TCDC - Taranaki Contemporary Dance Collective. In 2021 TCDC premiered their first production "Sphere" at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Nikolay Shchetnev (Norway) is dance Artist born in Russia and based in Norway. Studied Choreography at Arkhangelsk College of Culture & Art, Russia. He has been instrumental in the area of arts management in Russia with the creation of TOUCH in Arkhangelsk, an annual International Festival of Contemporary Dance featuring companies from Russia, Europe and the USA (2003 - 2007). He is especially known for his work as a solo artist. Aside from his own acclaimed solo and video art work, he has participated in more than a dozen workshops and projects in different countries and has received support and recognition through more than twenty councils and festivals around the world. He has danced for several prestigious companies and choreographers throughout Europe. His current job is Samovarteateret, Kirkenes, Norway. https://www.samovarteateret.com/
Fiona Millward (United Kingdom) has been a dancer, teacher and choreographer since 1985, enjoying the alchemy of collaboration that underpins these various roles. She is continually inspired by the mediums of movement and touch, believing they offer an invigorating and intrinsic understanding of the world around us, as well as the world within. To share our creative practice, exploring all the richness that our ages and experiences brings, is a source of nourishment that feeds her work long beyond time together with this group. In recognition of the evolving nature of contemporary dance within a changing world, and as part of her commitment to supporting dance artists within the exploration of their unique and multi-faceted creative practices, she co-directed the training programme Independent Dance based at Siobhan Davies Studios alongside Gill Clarke from 1996-2018. In 2001 receiving a National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts Fellowship for outstanding contribution to dance. As well as working as a dance artist, she continued movement and touch explorations in her work as a Certified Rolfer™, Rolf Movement™ Practitioner, Franklin Method™ Educator, Scaravelli Yoga Inspired teacher and Hanna Somatics Exercise Coach. www.fionamillward.com
Tiina Ollesk (Estonia) is dancer, teacher, choreographer, organizer, movement educator, one of the pioneers of independent dance scene in Estonia and founders of Fine5 Dance Theater (one of the first contemporary dance companies in Estonia), lecturer of contemporary dance curricula at Tallinn University BFM. Tiina: „I like being connected to the world through movement because it always says something about life".
Renee Nõmmik (Estonia) is a choreographer, teacher, and dancer from Estonia, Tallinn. He has worked with Fine5 DT (one of the first contemporary dance companies in Estonia) since 1992. He also works as a teacher at Tallinn University BFM choreography curricula. Renee: „Dance has been and is a very valuable journey for me – to learn to see and understand Life through its essentials - through movement and moving. At any age. Love it."