Folk dancing! – 28th December 2018
Following on from the fantastic Maras Zeme in Latvia’s dance celebrations, our next big folk dancing experience will be Echoes (Atbalsis) at the 57th Australian Latvian Arts Festival in Adelaide on 28 December 2018. This performance will bring together dancers from across Australia with special guests from Latvia, and will be held at Scott Theatre in the campus of prestigious Adelaide University.
I have come home from my trip to Latvia inspired, as have many of Australia’s keen Latvian folk dancers who were also in Riga throughout July. We look forward to presenting the Australian Latvian community with an insightful performance that echoes the Latvian culture and once in a lifetime festivities of Latvia’s 100 year celebrations.
Echoes is the story of a Latvian girl born in Australia, and her journey from learning her first dance steps to performing in Latvia with thousands of other dancers. Sharing this story with you will be folk dancing groups from across Australia, including our Jurmalnieki who performed in Latvia’s dance celebrations this year. We will be joined by the esteemed folk dancing group from Latvia, Rotala.
The most important aspect of the concert is its theme of echoes, not only in steps but in memories and our links to Latvia. This is a very personal story for myself and many other young Australian Latvians, as much of what we knew about Latvia as children we learned from our parents, grandparents and other members of our community. I hope to share with you the joy I have in being Latvian and how it was fostered through dancing with Adelaide’s Latvian folk dancing group Auseklitis as a teenager.
With a mix of old and new dances, including a premiere dance from Melbourne’s Lija Anderson, this is a concert about bringing and keeping Latvian folk dancing culture in Australia for current generations and generations to come.
The Australian Latvian Arts Festival folk dancing performance sells out very quickly, so make sure to mark it in your calendar and keep an eye on our website www.alkd.org.au as tickets will be going on sale soon.
Please join us to celebrate Latvia’s centenary through folk dance!
AL57KD folk dancing organiser