The International Folk Dance Festival ‘Sudmaliņas’ is the most ambitious festival in the field of scenic dance in Latvia. It aims at bringing together dancers from Latvia and from different countries of the world, who get to know, creatively explore and inherit folk dance traditions.
The Opening concert – world dance concert “Eternal Movement in Mills” will present the guests of the festival and will introduce spectators to the dance patterns of other countries and cultures – Armenia, Belarus, China, Georgia, Poland and Turkey.
Folk dance ensembles Dancis, Gatve, Līgo, Rotaļa, Teiksma in their dance will tell the story of Latvia and themselves, making the words of our poet Imants Ziedonis: ‘Latvia is a marvellously beautiful land, but we must help the beauty to emerge’ come true.
The dances created by the Latvian choreographers – Aija Baumane, Uldis Žagata, Jānis Ērglis, Jānis Purviņš – many of which already belong to the golden classics, will tell about the values which we are proud of in our land.
‘If winds make the mill wings turn and, discarding unnecessary chaff from grain, flour is ground in the mill, then dancers in the dance mills have transformed and have stepped across the threshold of Time where the ancient wisdom of the nation, today’s energy pulse and the dance power meet each other!’ says the director Dace Micāne-Zālīte
The whole festival will be multiform – concerts in outdoor and indoor concert venues, charity concerts in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, festive procession of the participants, as well as dance evenings. For the first time in the history of the festival there is planned a dance ensemble contest that will be judged by an international jury.
The Latvian National Center for Culture has been organizing festivals ‘Sudmaliņas’ since 1992. The author of the idea of this festival is the Honorary Artistic Director of the Dance festivals, choreographer Ingrīda Edīte Saulīte. During the years of its existence, the festival has become a stable tradition and has gained high praise from our foreign guests, Latvian dancers, the audience and critics.