Riga - Latvia
Riga - Latvia
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1-5 May 2024
From May 1 to May 5, 2023 Riga (Latvia) will host the 5th annual contemporary dance intensive week, which includes workshops of dance techniques, composition laboratories and theoretical lectures from teachers of the leading dance companies and dance educational centers in Europe.

The project combines an educational program for professionals and dance enthusiasts. Everything is aimed to create best conditions for exploring and enjoying dance.

The program is formed in two groups:
OPEN class (beginner)
PRO class (intermediate-advanced level)

The program is conducted in English
Participation age 16+
From May 1 to May 5, 2023 Riga (Latvia) will host the 5th annual contemporary dance intensive week, which includes workshops of dance techniques, composition laboratories and theoretical lectures from teachers of the leading dance companies and dance educational centers in Europe.

The project combines an educational program for professionals and dance enthusiasts. Everything is aimed to create best conditions for exploring and enjoying dance.

The program is formed in two groups:
OPEN class (beginner)
PRO class (intermediate-advanced level)

The program is conducted in English
Participation age 16+
Studio RITMS
Educational and performative programs will take place in the spacious halls of the studio RITMS.

RITMS, Brīvības gatve 193 A, LV- 1036 Riga, Latvia
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At the disposal of the participants will be two dance halls, measuring 170 and 180 square meters, with high ceilings, mirrors, panoramic windows, and dressing rooms.

The infrastructure near the venue of the master classes is well developed, which allows you to quickly and comfortably get to it.
Organizers of the project


    Is non goverment organisation created in 2016 by two dance artists Elina and Dmitrijs Gaitjukevici. The goals of organisation are to improve the level of cultural education in contemporary dance; promotion of contemporary dance in Latvia and abroad by supporting creative activity of professional contemporary dance artists.

  • Buchok ART Family / BAF


    Creative association working in the direction of contemporary dance.

    BAF organizes educational and performative projects, conducts regular intensives, master classes, laboratories on contemporary dance.

Contact us in any convenient way. We will be glad to answer your questions:
E-mail: info@riga-on.com

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Evelien Jansen
Choreographer, teacher, dancer, performer
Course Description
Eef’s classes are based on imagination, total body awareness and respect. Imagination will help you to experience fully a guided improvisation with lots of techniques and qualities. Based on total body awareness we will dive in flow, groove and rhythm. A movement phrase will be part of the classes, where we will embrace our ‘new’ experiences for growth. Eef’s movement style is influenced by choreographers she worked with. Above all, the classes will be enriched with joy and togetherness.
Evelien ‘Eef’ is a Dutch freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer. She graduated at the Urban/Contemporary department of the Academy of Theatre and Dance in Amsterdam.

Eef joined Hofesh Shechter Company II and recently KOMOCO led by Sofia Nappi.

Furthermore she worked with companies and choreographers such as Humanhood, Dalton Jansen, Anne Suurendonk, Lotem Regev, Jason Mabana and Heidi Vierthaler. Eef is experienced providing workshops with Hofesh Shechter Company, KOMOCO and teaches classes at Codarts, Academy of Theatre and Dance Amsterdam, Fontys and others.

2018 - 2021
Higher Professional Education – Bachelor
Academy for Theatre and Dance, UCD, Amsterdam, NL

2015 - 2018
Secondary vocational Education
Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts, Amsterdam, NL

2022 - Komoco, Sofia Nappi. Creation and Tour of ‘IMA’, IT/EU.
2022 - Theater Rotterdam, Dalton Jansen. Creation and Tour of ‘Run Quiet’, NL.
2022 - Niek Wagenaar. Creation and Tour of ‘Nymphs’, NL.
2021 - HumanHood. Creation of ‘Infinite’, UK.
2020 + 2021 - Hofesh Shechter Company II. Tour of Political Mother unplugged, UK/EU.
2021 - ‘En Corps’ Cinema Movie. Director Cedric Klapisch & Hofesh Shechter Company, FR.
2021 - ‘The Final Cut’ Short Film. Director Hofesh Shechter, UK.
019 – present
Teaching at workshops Hofesh Shechter, UK/EU.
Teaching at Codarts, Bachelor of Arts, Rotterdam, NL.
Teaching at Fontys, Dance Academy, Tilburg, NL.
Teaching during Audition at Academy for Theatre and Dance for Hofesh Shechter II, Amsterdam, NL.
Own work
Creation ‘Into the Pathless Woods’, NL.
Short Film ‘4 days 4 nights’, NL.
Creation ‘Joy of Life’ for MBO DANS Zuidwest, NL.

Marion Sparber
Choreographer, teacher, dancer, performer
Course Description
From Inside to Outside – Contemporary class with Marion Sparber

I teach Contemporary dance training with emphasis on spirals and floor work. We start the class by opening our channels of awarness and feel the inside and the outside, everyone and everything that surrounds us. The warm-up is focused on passing through the whole body and expanding our flexibility and strength - never abandoning a flow of natural and organic movement and feeling our feet as our base and connection to the ground. With the help of exercises and games in different constellations - in a group, with a partner and by ourselves - we listen to the weight of our body and direct it through the space. We play with the off-balance and shift of the axis.

An other important aspect of the training is the attention to the momentum in movement, the grounding of our center, the natural flow of breath and the expansion of our extremities.

As techniques of inspiration for my class I use a lot dynamics of a wave or the wind, as well as the image of an octopus expanding from the centre. I am very inspired by the Flying Low technique by David Zambrano and the Release technique mixed with my personal investigation. I like to establish a collective mind and body inside the class to enhance the group power giving an energetic push to the individual source of creativity.
MARION SPARBER. Originally from South Tyrol, Italy, Marion received her dance training at Varium and Iwanson School. As a teacher she has been working in several schools and festivals in Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, Portugal, Poland, India, Germany, USA and Canada a.o at “Deltebre dansa” (Spain), B12 Festival and TanzAHOI (Germany), Circuit-est (Canada), Atlas Festival, Camp In, La Cantera, Encuentros Mutantes (Mexico), Vim Vigor and The Playground New York, Diavolo Company LA, Flow
Movement Colorado, Athletic Playground San Francisco (USA), Performact, Lagos Sea Dance and DASS Summer Intensive (Portugal), Marameo, Tanzfabrik, Dock 11, Danceworks, Etage, Seneca, Sozo Visions in Motion, Tanzcompagnie Volkstheater Rostock and Stadttheater Bielefeld, BFZ Nürnberg, Kari-Tanzhaus,
Profitraining Freiburg & Leipzig, DancePAT, Tanz s.a.l., Yizong Bagua and Tanzfaktur Köln (Germany), Tanzhaus Zürich and Profitraining Basel (Switzerland), Oliva Dance Project (Italy), Goa Contact Festival and Play Practice Artist Residency (India), Cyrculacje Festival and Sfera Ruchu (Poland), Academy Dancer Russia, Summer for friends and University of dance St. Petersburg (Russia), La Macchine, Espacio Nómada (Costa Rica), Festival Nómada (El Salvador), Guatemala, Descalzinha Danza and Varium (Spain).

Marion has collaborated as a dancer with choreographers and companies such as Francisco Córdova in the piece "To be", Stella Zannou in the piece “Strange”, Sonia Rodriguez, performing “Mabel”, ADN-Dialect in the pieces “Zeitzone”, “Urban Shaman and “L’affaire Wettstein”, Stephanie Felber in "Le vide dans l’espace", Eldon Pulak in "The Wetting Party" and as a guestdancer of the Weedance Company.

Her solo-work "The Ripe and ruin" and her group-pieces "Big Boys don ́t cry", "Shell Shock", "Nefelibata", "Acacia confusA", "Ohne Zwei", "Porzellan-Haus", "Eight" and "Impromptu" have been performed at several international theaters and festivals. In 2014 Marion was part of “EX-IN” with David Zambrano learning Flying Low and Passing Through Technique which she includes in her teaching.
Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld
Choreographer, teacher, dancer, performer
Course Description
THE DOTS movement research practice developed by Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld

“The dots” is a method that aims to work as a tool to both acknowledge and avoid the usual organization, rhythm, habits and sequence in our improvisation, and thus resets the body in an unexpected way.
The body will be used as a space and “the dot“ as “the author” inside that empty space. We will be working on exploring simple ideas of changing the focus from our body parts as the once that start the movement, to practicing a very precise “point” placed anywhere within our body which initiates the movement.
Many exercises are used in a way to give/gain trust to making any kind of choice as the exact right time/moment. Not judging anything as a wrong choice, but rather observing the decisions that have been made by now and composing and deciding further in relation to what has just happened.
Triggering the very fast “aller-retour” between the decisions we make for the body and the response and information our body sends back to us and understanding this dialogue is a valuable input for further impulses/actions.
She graduated from the School for contemporary dance Ana Maletic in Zagreb and studied dance in Bruges and Lier in Belgium.
In 1998 she was a DanceWEB scholarship student in Vienna and in New York she was a scholarship student in The Jennifer Muller Company.
2012 she completed the postgraduate program a.pass (Advanced Performance and Scenography Study) in Brussels in which she developed a method of work "the connector" for collective authorship and is using it within all of her works.

Aleksandra is a close associate of BADco from Zagreb.
She worked with Ismael Ivo ( Deutches national theatre Weimar), Anna Mondini (Staatstheatre Kassel) ,The System Castafiore, Brice Leroux, David Hernandez and many others.
She is one of the co-founders of Nomad Dance Academy and Nomad Dance Academy Croatia.

She is a guest teacher at SNDO – Amsterdam and Dance Academy in Zagreb.
Olga Žitluhina
Choreographer, teacher, dancer, performer
Course Description
What is the class about?
T.Chernigovskaya - the world becomes liquid, the concepts of place, time, subject-object disappears.

Every day we will start from different Dynamic meditations practices
As Sufi Whirling, Vibrations, Dynamic Qigong, Laughing, Running-Walking, Traditional Art of Movement and Etc., which helps you to open all windows and doors in your creative dancing body and find a particular way to live your dance life for the next hour.

And we will finish with 10-15 min performance with added qualities and tools .
Olga Zitluhina`s artistic bio in numbers:
56 years – dancing
44 years – choreographing
44 years – teaching and sharing dance
27 years teaching in the State Ballet school
23 years – the director of contemporary dance program at the Latvian academy of culture
13 years as Professor
18 years – the art director of LAIKS DEJOT , contemporary dance festival in Riga, Latvia
20 performances for her own company
39 “ÀRÁ” performances
3 performances for Latvian National Ballet company
2 performances for break dance company Camelot
56 hours SOLO dancing performance in 2014
31 years – the official alien
44 countries performed and taught
10 times teaching in China
2 times awarded as best contemporary dance performance in Latvia
1 National Dance award as Best Dancer for 2019-202
Standard Single room
The single rooms at Rija VEF Hotel are equipped with everything needed to ensure that each guest can enjoy their rest after having a busy day in the city. Each of these rooms has a private bathroom. An iron, ironing board and hot drink facilities are available for our guests’ convenience. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout Rija VEF Hotel. These rooms will comfortably accommodate both business travellers and tourists. The approximate size of the room: 7-13 m2.
About Hotel
Rija VEF Hotel has 6 floors with 135 well-planned rooms. They possess a cozy interior with everything to make guests feel comfortable while working or having a rest every day. The floors of Rija VEF Hotel are in various colors, and the guests are welcome to choose their favorite one – yellow, green, purple, red, or blue.
  • Pets allowed
  • Lobby bar
  • Parking lot
  • 24 H reception
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Minibar
  • Hair dryer
  • Working desk, chair
  • Flat screen TV
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Cards accepted
Standard Double or Twin room
The Standard rooms are particularly suitable for those looking for comfortable lodging for a short period and spending most of the time outside the Hotel. The Standard room have everything on needs on a daily basis. Depending on the guests’ preferences and needs, the following rooms are available: one single, two or three single, or one double bed. The rooms can be chosen with a view to the street or to the backyard. Depending on the number of bookings for the days of the stay, the guests may choose their favorite color of the floor – yellow, green, purple, blue, or red.