Latvian international ballet festival joins baroque and hip hop with modern

The 25th International Baltic Ballet Festival will be held from March 6 to April 26 and gather dancers from the Baltic countries, Germany, the US, France, Finland and Cuba in Latvia to offer classic ballet performances, as well as modern ballet surprises in several cities and locations throughout Latvia, organizers announced on January 20.

The festival program will also include dance masterclasses, photography and art exhibits, as well as documentary films. The opening concert on March 6 will be held at the Rīga Central Train Station. The “Finding now” performance by the French company “Theatre de Suresnes Jean Vilar” on April 5 in Rīga and April 7 in Preiļi will prove that ballet can be complemented by hip hop dance and baroque music.

American modern ballet troupe “Complexions” will perform “Star dust” Rīga, Ventspils and Rēzekne, which pays homage to the legendary rockstar David Bowie. The performance is choreographed by Dwight Rhoden.

This year Cuban-Austrian choreographer, dancer musician, director, artist and teacher Guillermo Luis Horta Betancourt will visit the Riga Choreography School to lead masterclasses and created a new multimedia performance including various generations of Latvian ballet, several dance schools and various dance cultures.

Festival Director Lita Beiris highlights the diversity of the final concert performance, which will include national ballet and dance company soloists, as well as students from the choreography school at the Latvian National Opera and Ballet.

"The final concert follows traditions this time as well, with the program including both classical ballet schools, as well as modern ballet novelties,” said Beiris.

The full program is available on the festival website at www.ballet-festival.lv.

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