21, 2001 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., July
22, 2001 at 7 p.m.
dance performance, where four of the most original Latvian
dance groups tell a story on the life of two young people
during four seasons.
- 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.
- 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
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
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.