Latvian elite folk-dancing group Rotaļa participates in AL57KD
It has become the norm that the Latvian Arts Festival of Australia, held bi-annually in either Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide enriches its program with guest performers from Latvia. The 57th Latvian Arts Festival, held in December 2018, is no exception as folk-dancing group Rotaļa has confirmed its participation. This highly regarded, award winning ensemble will participate in the Folk-dancing concert, comprising performances by dancers from across Australia on December 28, as well as in their own show December 29. Both unmissable events will be held at the Scott Theatre, University of Adelaide.
The Director of the Festival Committee, Rūdis Dancis observes that Rotaļa is more like a loving family than an elite folk-dancing group. This, says Rudis, is evident in the way they dance, sharing their love of dance and evoking a sense of belonging and engagement from the audience. Without a doubt, Rotaļa is one of best folk-dancing groups from Latvia and will add a great deal to the Festival program.
When founded the group’s leader was Aija Baumane, since 1989, however, it has been led by Gints Baumanis who creates new and interesting choreographies which are often performed by other groups. He applies new ideas and concepts but is respectful of the traditions of Latvian folk dance; something that will delight both dancers and their audience.
Since its inception in 1946 the group Rotaļa has applied a unique, characteristic style of dance and in keeping with its choreographic style has become one of the most interesting and technically adept dance groups to emanate from Latvia. The group gained first place in the 1990, 1993, 1998 Latvian Song and Dance Festivals dance competitions and since the renewal of Latvia’s Independence has participated in numerous international events throughout the world.
Most recently competing at the World Dance Festival, held in South Korea, Rotaļa was rewarded with 3rd place over dance groups from Russia, Brazil, Poland, Slovakia, Malaysia, Peru, Seychelles, Israel, Bulgaria, the Philippines and others.
The Arts Festival Committee is thrilled that folk-dancing ensemble Rotaļa, will perform as part of the f Festival’s line-up which promises to be stellar. Programme updates, including other anticipated guest performers will be released in the coming weeks.
57th Australian Latvian Arts Festival Director, Rudis Dancis.