Premiere of short films by Katrīna Neiburga, Ineta Sipunova, Juris Pakalniņš, Ivars Zviedris, and Uģs Olte, specially dedicated to the centenary of the Latvian National Ballet. The five visual landscapes capture both the splendor of ballet and everyday life, with a special focus on the ballet dancer’s body and psychological world.
The films were made with the support of the State Culture Capital Foundation.
PLECI UZ LEJU, GŪŽAS UZ AUGŠU (SHOULDERS DOWN, HIPS UP)
Directed by Katrīna Neiburga
The idea for the short film came from a frank conversation with ballet dancer Anna Laudere, who revealed to the director on a pleasant summer evening in Miķeļtornis that she was never satisfied with what she saw when she looked at herself in the mirror. Before the director was one of the most beautiful and graceful people she knew, but it turned out that the profession of ballet dancer makes you question and criticize yourself profoundly throughout your life. Body and ballet, dream and nightmare are very interesting topics in this era of body positivity.
BALETS. ENERĢIJAS UN NEZŪDAMĪBAS LIKUMS (BALLET. THE LAW OF ENERGY AND CONSERVATION)
Director Ineta Sipunova
What happens when the eye of the spectator meets the movement of the dancers on stage?
Physics explores the question of the conservation of energy. Energy does not disappear or reappear, it just changes from one form of energy to another or moves from one body to another. The informative-emotional charge generated by the music and the emotional mood given to the content of the performance are transferred to the audience. The spectator also comes with his charge – and an exchange takes place. It is an eternal circle that makes the spectator come back again and again to face this exchange. And so it has been for more than five hundred years in the world and now for a century in Latvia.
Director Juris Pakalniņš
A film about what is happening BEHIND “Swan Lake”.
AIZ PRIEKŠKARA (BEHIND THE SCENES)
Director Ivars Zviedris
Before the curtain opens, the ballet dancers’ nerves and muscles are finely tuned to dance – very much like a musical instrument. The dancers’ thoughts connect with their bodies to relive the story of 20th century ballet great Václav Nijinsky. Jūlija is particularly moved by this story.
Director Uģis Olte
The film is a surreal, imaginative cinematic painting that plays out the eternal cycle of light and darkness in the landscape of the Latvian summer at its peak, using the dancers and choreography of the LNOB Ballet as the main means of expression. There is no dialogue in the film, the entire message is created through visual and musical storytelling techniques.