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Olga Zitluhina | Latvia
9th May 4 and 9 PM, Arts Printing House, Black Hall
Choreography – Olga Zitluhina
Performers: Ruta Puce, Anna Novikova, Agate Bankava, Girts Bisenieks, Taisija Frolova, Eva Kronberga, Rudolfs Gedins, Ivars Bronics, Karina Lapsina, Agate Cukura, Maija Tjurjapina, Janis Putnins, Anete Tambaka, Alise Putnina, Martins Spruds, Anastasija Lonshakova, Anne Birthe Nord
Music: Juris Kaukulis un Kaspars Tobis („Dzelzs vilks“)
Dramaturgy – Inta Balode
Set design – Gints Gabrans
Costumes – Sheila
Producer – Baiba Ozolina
Support: Ibsen Scholarships, Latvian State Culture Capital foundation, Riga City Council
Premiere: 2013
Duration: 90 min
OUT studies the modern man’s ability to go beyond the usual comfort zone in the name of a higher purpose. In the process of generating ideas as the literary source of the performance was taken Henrik Ibsen’s „Brand“ – a masterpiece of classic drama. The performance does not follow the storyline of the drama closely, yet in the process of creation of the performance the chrestomathic Brand’s motto, „Be forgiven – if you were not able, but never – if you did not want,“ has become the key driving force. Isn’t it so that nowadays at some stage of life each of us has to win the battle with the darkness, climb the mountain and fall in pits, out of which each one has to climb out again? Will the participants of the performance get out of the familiar mental and physical comfort zone in the name of art? And is such a sacrifice necessary at all?
The idea of the performance as one of the 4 winners in the competition of 99 rival projects was recognized by the jury of the International Ibsen Scholarships 2013. During annual Latvian Theater Awards 2014 OUT received two awards – Best Contemporary Dance Performance and Best Set Designer of the year.
Contemporary dance performance OUT
Olga Zitluhina (dance artist):
50 years – dancing,
37 years – choreographing,
37 years – teaching-sharing dance,
16 years – the head of Contemporary Dance Department at the Latvian Academy of Culture,
15 years – the art director of the contemporary dance festival „Time To Dance“ in Latvia,
24 years – the Alien,
17 countries performed and taught.
Photo by Liga Vilks
Photo by Liga Vilks