Performance "Connext" by Rūta Ronja Pakalne (LV / EE) & Laura Kvelstein (EE)
Directors, performers: Rūta Ronja Pakalne (LV / EE) & Laura Kvelstein (EE)
Dramaturge: Karl Saks (EE)
Sound designers: Israel Bañuelos (MX), Johannes Ahun (EE)
Set designer: Kaia Tungal (EE)
Premiere: 2017.08.03 at Hiiumaa Dance Festival (EE)
Supporters: The Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Nordic Culture Point, The State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia
Duration: 45 min.
Place: Chamber hall of Klaipeda Drama Theater (Teatro str. 2)
It is a performance about connection and connectivity, as well as finding the right distance in order to (be)come closer.
Laura Kvelstein has been active in the dance world for over 20 years. She began with ballet studies; at the age of 17 she switched to contemporary dance, working as a dancer in Fine5 Dance Theatre and participating in various projects in Estonia and abroad. She has her own dance company millimeter performance group together with choreographer-director Mihkel Ernits. From time to time Laura is invited to share her knowledge in the form of workshops or classes at different festivals or on other occasions. For the past 2 years she has organized regular contact improvisation jams in Tallinn. At the moment she is most interested in promoting touch as an essential but often neglected aspect in increasing our quality of life.
Rūta Ronja Pakalne works as an independent artist in performing arts, has graduated of a BA program in dance and choreography at Latvian Academy of Culture, studied at dance school P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels, BE), currently studying at Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication school, MA in Audiovisual Media: Television and Documentary film. She has been traveling and teaching in Latvia, Estonia, Iceland, Belgium and other places. She has always been interested in how to combine dance and film arts, by looking closely into micro movements of each detail that we share. Rūta works mainly on discovering the mover’s own authentic body awareness and personal imprint, in context of their experience, based on past, present and future happenings. One of her recent solo works was made in Iceland “Falling slowly” and “everythingishappeningsomuch” – in Tallinn, Estonia at the PREMIERE 17' program of STL venue.
Photo: Dainis Kauliņš