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Olga Žitluhina mixes piano music with break-dancing in new production
Olga Žitluhina rarely disappoints audiences, especially devotees of modern ballet. The prolific dancer/choreographer always has something up her sleeve, so to speak, and this December, we experience “BEG”.
Created with Kārlis Lācis, a composer with considerable experience in music for plays, and the break-dance company “Camelot”, “BEG's” theme is how time flies, our always being in a mad rush, impact on personal relationships, and the strangers we never meet. “BEG” challenges the audience to contemplate “where [rat race] competition ends, and art begins, and, when art turns into competition.”
It would appear Žitluhina has combined what cannot be combined – solo piano, break-dancing, and her own unique style. She certainly feels comfortable wth 'Camelot” having worked with the dancers in 2013 in the critically-acclaimed “Pathway to the Sun/”Saules taka” (Ēriks Ešenvalds, composer). Žitluhina just recently was honored with a Latvian theater “Spēlmaņu nakts” Award for Best Dance Production („Ārā”).
A second Žitluhina ballet - „Skrējiens”/”The Run” is also on the bill both evenings, and – a work in progress - Elīna Lutce and Guntis Spridzāns' „Solo”. The finished product will have its premiere next spring.
This event is one of several Žitluhina has organized as a look back on her personal and communal efforts and achievements of 2014 [project: „Viss baltā”/”All in White”.]
“Zirgu pasts”, Dzirnavu ielā 46, midtown Riga, is the venue; for tickets, go to: http://www.bilesuparadize.lv/events/perf/8763