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The special feature of the Art Lab is the synergy of circus arts and music. That is why outstanding Latvian musicians and circus artists from Norway, Latvia and Argentina will help implement the ideas of the composers involved in the project for the final performance. The artists will also lead creative workshops for students of regional music schools and movement arts.

Elīna Konrade

Elīna is a circus artist who started her career by accidentally joining the Riga Circus School about five years ago. Her main disciplines are juggling and poi, but in her spare moments she devotes herself to the art of stretching and dance.

Over the past two years, from assistant coach she has become a teacher of circus art at the Riga Circus School. Elina can be met teaching various disciplines and performing at festivals and events throughout Latvia. For her growth, she attends circus industry festivals and shows across Europe. Elina shares that her dream is to join a traveling circus, thereby traveling the world, bringing joy and sharing the magic of the circus everywhere.

In circus art, he is fascinated by the idea that nothing is wrong - unseen tricks, new ideas and performances that can express much more than words.


Ance Muižniece

Ance Muižniece is a Latvian actress and playwright. She graduated from the Latvian Academy of Culture with a specialty in dramatic theater actress (course tutors: Mihails Gruzdovs and Indra Roga), worked in the Latvian Puppet Theater, Istaba Theater and elsewhere, mostly participating in children's and youth theater projects.

In recent years, she changed her work as an actress to writing. After graduating from writing studies at Liepāja University, Ance turned to writing dramatizations and plays. Original dramaturgy for the performances "Mēs, roks, sekss un PSRS" intended for teenage audiences at the Valmiera Drama Theater (2021/22) and "Divas pasaules" at the Latvian National Theater (2022/23) received nominations for the The “Spēlmaņu nakts” awards.

Currently, Ance works in the Latvian Puppet Theater as a staff dramatist, while also participating in various projects outside the theatre.

  

Pamela Butāne
Pamela Butāne is a visual artist who works in the theater as a scenographer, director, and costume designer. Her activity in contemporary theater is focused on solving current problems in society and delivering an in-depth message. She creates shows for adults, children and teenagers. When working with children, with the help of the show, she promotes the enrichment of children's imagination, as well as teaches the basic principles of healthy relationships with herself and those around her.

In her works, Pamela uses a contemporary visual language that deals with topics such as feminism, ecology and an inclusive society. She believes that theater should be a tool that encourages the audience to think about themselves and the world around them, revealing its diversity and complexity in every situation.

 
Gabriel Skog

Gabriel is a circus artist from Norway with an educational background in music and circus arts. He is an aerialist with straps as his main discipline, but he also specializes in partner and group acrobatics as well as dance acrobatics. He likes to create pieces based on human emotions and interactions. The idea of challenging the thoughts or mindset of people is something he likes to explore. But he thinks it is most important to strive for a better inclusive environment for everyone around him, and he tries to achieve this through his work.

Jānis Rubiks
Jānis Rubiks is a Latvian bassist, composer and arranger based in Riga, Latvia.

As a member of various bands over the last decade Janis has performed with such renowned artists as Randy Brecker, Shayna Steel, Sebastian Studnitzky, Anthony Strong, David Gazarov, Raimonds Pauls, Rokas Zubovas, Kestutis Vaiginis, Liudas Mockunas, Dima Golovanov, Sofia Rubina, Jason Hunter and many others.

Parallel to bass playing, he has also actively led his own projects and composed music. Among the most notable examples are TRIO ELPO (ex-Equanimity Trio), Chamber Jazz Collective, project and album “Kad es nomizojos“ with singer Beāte Zviedre. Music written by Jānis has also been performed by Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Latvian Radio Big Band, Liepaja Big Band.

Over the years he has become an actively sought musician in the Baltic music scene. Playing both the double and electric bass, he has worked in a variety of genres ranging from jazz & improvised music to academic, popular, singer-songwriter and others.

Janis was born in Rujiena, Latvia (1992). His musical studies began in early childhood at the local music school. His first instrument was the trumpet, but he was also learning guitar and drums on his own. At the age of 13 he received his first electric bass guitar which sparked a great interest in rhythmic music. Later his studies took him to Riga Dome choir school’s jazz department and after that - Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Music Academy where he studied under the guidance of his wonderful teachers Lynn Seaton (USA) and Taavo Remmel (Estonia). Over the years he has performed concerts in United States of America, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, The Baltic States, etc.


Liene Dobičina
Flautist Liene Dobičina is known as a member of chamber ensemble Trio Metamorfoze. Together with the
trio, the musician has proven her artistic skill at concerts in Latvia as well as by receiving awards at contests and invitations to perform at European festivals.  The ensemble has received the Grand Prix at the international Cap Ferret Music Open competition and festival in France, as well as other awards. The musician has also performed in the contemporary dance production Tornado with Olga Žitluhina and Juris Kaukulis.

Zelda Lyseng Storvik
Zelda is a dancer and circus artist educated within various dance styles, acrobatic dance, trapeze, theater and art. She likes to work with other artists and create something meaningful for society and the world that is shared through our joy for movement and art. Activism and art that sheds light on important themes or delve into necessary taboo subjects is something she always strives to include in her artistic practice. As well as contributing to joyful and enriching experiences through her art work!


Julian Saether
Norwegian circus artist Julian Sæther has been obsessed with juggling for more than 20 years, starting out self taught.

After 7 years as an amateur in Trondheim cultural school for circus he moved to Paris in 2015 to get a BA in Circus and Theatre Arts from L'Académie Fratellini, a well respected university within the circus community.

From there he went on to perform a solo piece on the topic of mental illnesses in different festivals around Europe and started collaborating with musicians, dancers and fellow jugglers in France and Norway, developing several contemporary shows over the years. Now he is looking to further expand on collaborations, taking inspiration from different art forms to blend with his passion for juggling.


Mariano Gedwillo a.k.a Cronopio
Mariano, better known by his stage name Cronopio, is a clown, director, tightrope walker and juggler from Argentina. He started his career in the art world in 1997, performing in Argentina and other South American countries, as well as in Europe.

In 2002, he founded the clown theater company Compañía de Trabajadores Kallejeros, so that clowning would reach not only big cities, but also small towns and villages. Mariano’s search for a true and authentic Clown character is based on the realities of life, so he is interested in interacting with very different audiences – rich and poor, young and old, serious and funny, interested and skeptical.

“I believe in the transformative power of art, and that each of us is gifted with the ability to learn the language of art in order to share our unique vision of the world.”


Kārlis Catlaks
Clarinetist Kārlis Catlaks was born on October 26, 1989, in Rīga. He studied at the Emīls Dārziņš Music School with teacher Gunārs Kļaviņš and earned his bachelor’s degree in clarinet at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music with Professor Sigurds Circenis and teacher Mārtiņš Circenis, as well as a master’s degree in clarinet with teacher Mārtiņš Circenis. As part of the Erasmus program, he expanded his knowledge in Milano, Italy, at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music with Professor Luigi Magistrelli.
Between 2008 and 2010, Kārlis worked as a bass clarinetist at Orchestra Rīga. In 2010, after winning the contest for a vacant position, he started working for the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra as a clarinetist and bass clarinetist, where he became second chair of the clarinet group in 2011, acting first chair of the clarinet group in 2014, and first chair of the clarinet group in 2019. Alongside his career as a musician, he has been an orchestra inspector since 2016. He has also worked as a clarinet teacher at the Emilis Melngailis Music School as well as the current Liepāja Music, Art and Design Secondary School.
During this work, he has regularly educated himself at various workshops with brilliant world-class clarinetists such as Nicolas Baldeyrou, Karel Dohnal, Luigi Magistrelli, and others. During his professional career, the musician has performed in various chamber ensembles, performing all over Europe with chamber musicians such as Agnese Egliņa, Artūrs Noviks, Ieva Sarja, Ieva Šablovska, Reinis Lapa, and others. Active member of the chamber ensemble Kurland Quintet.
The performer has participated in various CD recordings, both as an orchestra musician and solo. Alongside academic music, the musician plays bass guitar in the rock and metal bands Relicseed and The Blackout. In his spare time, he is active in various sports – motocross, wakeboarding, kiteboarding, triathlon, cycling.
Elina Endzele
Elina Endzele first studied music at Emils Darzins Music school where she was tutored by Dzintra Knābe and continued her education at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music where she obtained her Master’s degree in Percussion led by Edgars Saksons. Elina continued to improve herself in the Netherlands, Utrecht school of the Arts, and participated in masterclasses led by artists like Robert van Sice, Katarzyna Mycka, Marta Klimasara, Emmanuel Sejourne, and Frederic Macarez. From time to time, she takes private lessons from the solo timpanist Reinhard Toriser (Komische Oper Berlin). In 2008 she won the second prize at the International Timpani Competition Paris and has been nominated for several awards since; the Latvian Great Music Award 2010 in the category for Excellent work in an ensemble, for The Performance in Chamber Music, 2016 with the Trio Art-i-Shock and The Concert Of The Year in 2016 with The Percussion Quartet Perpetuum Ritmico. In 2011-2015 Elina was a guest artist in the Chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica and from 2012 to 2014 she was the Principal Timpanist with Liepaja Symphony Amber Sound Orchestra. From November 2005 till the present, she has been among the percussionists of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. Elina spent 10 years as a member of the trio Art-i-Shock, several years as a member of the Percussion Quartet Perpetuum Ritmico, and often participates in projects together with the Latvian organ players as well as other chamber music projects. As a soloist, she has performed with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Amber Sound Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra Sinfonia Concertante.
Egils Zvejnieks
Egils got interested in the circus about 5 years ago. He was especially intrigued by juggling, which he encountered while travelling around Europe. He is currently actively educating himself and training, as well as teaching basic juggling at classes and workshops at the Rīga Circus. Egils is constantly progressing, attending various seminars, juggling conventions, and workshops. He is sometimes seen performing in the streets both in Latvia and in various European cities.
Egils admits he is very excited about being part of the CirqueMusique Arts Laboratory project, as the closing performance will be the largest one for him so far. He is inspired by the opportunity to collaborate with such a diverse team of professionals, and especially to work with young people. In the future, Egils would like to see more circus in the Latvian space of culture and arts and to share his skills and ideas.


Edvīns Ozols
Edvīns Ozols was born in 1985 in Rīga. He graduated from the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (jazz double bass / jazz department)
He plays the double bass and bass guitar in the Latvian Radio Big Band and in various jazz projects, and has been performing with Intars Busulis for several years.
Agnese Kanniņa
Agnese Kanniņa is a violinist with a wide range of experience in music. Her musical education was pursued at The Emīls Dārziņš Music School and Latvian Academy of Music. Agnese has been an integral part of State Chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Riga since its establishment. Furthermore, she is a member of the string quartet. Agnese’s real passion is baroque music and as a baroque violinist she has taken part of many international projects and takes place as the first violin of baroque orchestra Collegium Musicum Riga. According to her, the nature of music is incredibly versatile and it is possible to discover a lot of multidimensional aspects that it holds. Considering that performing contemporary music is one of the main goals of Sinfonietta Riga and also serves as the quartet’s primary task, Agnese is interested in the works of contemporary composers.