AR presentation on the Illusions of Riga

Within two weeks, an interdisciplinary and international group of artists met in Riga to create their vision about the city and illusions in it. There were three dance artists, two visual artists, a scenographer and a light designer in the group. Their working space for two weeks became an arts center Totaldobže, but they also worked in urban city and nature. This has been only the first stage of their artistic research process where they met, listened each other and looked for common direction to go. On September 14 @ 18.00 they will show their two week process with the Latvian audience.
The continuation will be in London, in January, 2013 but in April, 2013 they will meet in Bucharest to finalise their artistic collaboration in frames of E-Motional and to meet the another group of artists who has had a journey through artistic research process in Dublin and Limassol.

About the participants:

Laura Murphy  (Ireland) – a performer, choreographer, teacher. Her choreographic work has been performed internationally to include New York, Canada, Sweden and Iceland, along side various national venues. With a specialisation in Choreological Studies, clarity and communication are at the forefront of Laura’s artistic ambitions. Interdisciplinary collaborations being an integral part of her current work, Laura is exploring the representation of movement within other artistic disciplines.

Alexis Vassiliou (Cyprus) – a choreographer, dancer. Studed at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Londonā. While student there, he received the Sylvia Bodmer Memorial Fund Award Prize in Choreological Studies and also worked with choreographers Lizzi Kew-Ross and Fleur Darkin. Dance-Web scholarship receiver. In 2009 he founded ΝΟΤΗΙΝGTODECLARE in Cyprus, with the primary aim to create, develop, produce and present performing art pieces and shows, both locally and abroad.

Kaspars Lielgalvis (Latvia) – visual artist. His educational background is textile art, but the most exciting creative experience gets working in interdisciplinary team. The space for improvisation is important. Has learned and worked as a graphic designer, photographer and set designer. Now he is working on development of an artist-run art center Totaldobze in Riga to fight for better conditions for contemporary art in Latvia.

Mircea Ghinea (Romania) – a dancer. Has danced in many Romanian choreographers performances so far, almost with all of them (Mihai Mihalcea, Cosmin Manolescu, Razvan Mazilu, Florin Fieroiu, Maria Baroncea & Eduard Gabia, etc). With many from abroad too (Massimo Gerardi, Isabelle Fuchs, Galina Borissova, Brynjar Bandlien). Has danced street, hip-hop, jazz, etc. Has done light design for dance performances as well as set design.

Gemma Riggs (United Kingdom) – a film, video and installation artist who graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in 2002. Gemma’s work centres around a fascination with rhythm and fluidity, with the power of repetition and using still or moving image to transform, alter and capture a real experience. has worked extensively within theatre and performance, developing a real passion for working with the ‘live’ and investigating how image technologies work with that. She enjoys using space and environment to explore immersive experience.

Only in Riga:

Toms Grīnbergs ( Latvia) – scenographer. Has worked as an assistant of scenographer at Volksbuehne Am Rosa Luxemburg-Platz Theatre in Berlin. Has built a set design for Gertrudes street theatre in Riga and has been an assistant of scenographer at Latvian National Opera House. Has taken part at several multimedial projects as a photographer, video artist, DJ. Supporting artistic research group in Riga.

Ivars Tilchiks (Latvia) – light designer. During the last 6 years Ivars has been workng as light designer in multiplie events – presentations, weddings, theatre plays, concerts, festivals, photo sessions  each of them has ben unique and needed creative solutions in unprecedented circumstances Ivars is interested in artistic projects, that’s why he supports artistic research team in Riga.

The process was documented by vidoartist Aigars Sermuksh. The leader of the project E-Motional Bodies & Cities and a choreographer Cosmin Manolescu (Romania) has facilitated the process. The Artistic Research in Riga was hosted and organised by The Association of Professional Contemporary Dance Choreographers of Latvia.