Contemporary music and circus workshop for youth to take place in Rēzekne



From March 21 to 23, a three-day creative workshop for youth will take place at the Embassy of Latgale GORS in Rēzekne, encouraging the discovery of the world of contemporary music and circus. This will be the first of four events that the Great Amber Concert Hall will be organizing as part of the project “CirqueMusique Arts Laboratory”. The project was created with support from European Economic Area (EEA) grants.

The creative workshop aims to introduce young people aged 12 to 18 to contemporary performing arts by using the languages of music and circus. The classes will also heavily focus on the development of collaboration and performing skills by involving participants in the creation of a performance. Art professionals will have the opportunity to draw inspiration from workshops in order to create a show combining music and circus, planned for 2024, together with the young participants.

The creative workshop will be curated by internationally acclaimed composer Krists Auznieks. Music master classes will be led by brilliant Latvian musicians – violinist Agnese Kanniņa, clarinetist Kārlis Catlaks, bass guitarist Edvīns Ozols, percussionist Elīna Endzele, and flautist Liene Dobičina. The journey into the world of circus and movement will be led by artists from Norway, Latvia, and Argentina – juggler Julian Saether and acrobat Zelda Lyseng Storvik, as well as guest trainers from the Rīga Circus School, juggler Egils Zvejnieks and juggling clown Mariano Gedwillo from Argentina. The workshops will gather students from the Jānis Ivanovs Rēzekne Music School and other regional youth organizations.

Over the course of three days, participants will practice creative methods in contemporary music and basic circus techniques in acrobatics and juggling. The participants will work in separate groups on the first day. Circus artists will work with movement art students, and musicians will work with students from music schools, and both groups will join for a workshop on the second day top exchange ideas and merge their arts.
The third day will conclude with a small performance where professionals and workshop participants will unite on stage to share what they have learned and discovered. The performance, which will take place on March 23 at 7. p.m. in the Chamber Hall, will be open for the parents, siblings, teachers and friends of the participants, as well as anyone who is interested.

During the creative workshops, representatives of regional cultural institutions are invited to a two-day practical seminar on audience involvement and development. The topic will be especially valuable to professionals who base their cultural activities in regions and work with youth audiences. The seminar is aimed at promoting the participants’ understanding of audience development and its specifics in the field of arts and culture.

Participants will learn various approaches to audience development and devise an activities plan for their organizations. The seminar will be led by Greta Clough, artistic director of the Handbendi Brúðuleikhús puppet theater and studio and expert on culture-led rural community restoration and audience development from Iceland Seminar applications are accepted until March 17 or as long as free spots are available. More information and application on the Concert Hall website

The project “CirqueMusique Arts Laboratory” receives funding in the amount of 249 972 EUR from Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway, as part of EEA grants.