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   Four Seasons - Introductory Performances of the Dance Festival
  in Latvian Dailes Theatre

July 21, 2001 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., July 22, 2001 at 7 p.m.

Theatrical dance performance, where four of the most original Latvian dance groups tell a story on the life of two young people during four seasons.

Winter - performed by the group from Daugavpils - Laima. Leader of the group Elmars Belinskis has joined the dances in a program Pie Dievina gari galdi (Long Tables in Heaven). Winter is a time for thoughts, winter solstice, mummery, fortune telling, new dreams and longing.
Spring - performed by the dance group Teiksma (leader Janis Erglis). Their performance is called Sazatiku puisiti (Once I Met a Boy). In spring, all the roads are open, everything awakes not only in nature, but in peoples' feelings as well. Spring is a time for St. George's day and Easter swing.
Summer - performed by dance group Rotala (leader Aija Baumane). Everything rises and flourishes. Summer is a time for Summer Solstice - Ligo festivities with heathen mysticism, and Ligo bonfire.
Autumn - performed by the dance group Zalktis (leader Arta Melnalksne). Their performed group of dances is called Precibas jeb Tevs, mate nedeva, zagsim zaglus (Wedding or If Parents were not Giving, We will Take by Stealth).
Autumn is a harvest time when Spirit of the field blesses soil. Autumn is a time for Michaelmas fairs and a time for weddings. Wedding is a beginning of a new life when ancient rituals acquire different sense and form in every new family.

Four seasons are linked together by two of the most popular contemporary Latvian artists Rezija Kalnina and Arturs Skrastins. During the interval between the two parts of the performance, stage of the Dailes Theatre is turned into a large mountain of flowers, whereas dancing is continued in the lobby.
Creative team of Four Seasons (ballet-master Janis Erglis, stage director Anna Jansone, musical manager Juris Vaivods, stage designer Guntars Kambars) make the performance as an ancient Latvian ritual. Four-colour annual circle is only one of the uprising stages in the large spiral of people's life. Most of the dances will be presented to the audience for the first time.

Eriks Tivums

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