XVI LATVIAN FESTIVAL OF SONG AND DANCE IN CANADA
Original music for Dagmāra Bārbale’s new choreography
“Ai, bagāta man zemīte” is now available for streaming
In North America, there are quite a few small folk dance groups, but the repertoire for these groups can be limited. Wanting to offer a fun new dance for such groups, the XVI Latvian Festival of Song and Dance in Canada Organizing Committee asked Latvian choreographer Dagmāra Bārbale to create a dance for four couples, appropriate for both youth and older dancers. “I was really thrilled with this invitation to create a dance for the Latvian Festival of Song and Dance in Canada. I feel that maintaining the song and dance festival traditions outside of Latvia plays an invaluable role in strengthening our national identity. I really wanted to create something for this festival that was completely original, which is why I decided to create not only a dance, but also the music,” says Bārbale.
“We are thrilled with the beautiful dance and music. Introducing the dance “Ai, bagāta man zemīte” into our festival program continues the Canadian tradition of creating new dances for the Folk Dance Spectacle – Zigurds Miezītis in 2009 and Jānis Purviņš in 2019,” says Tija Freimuta, head of the Dance Committee and Vice Chair of the Organizing Committee.
The music was composed by Mārtiņš Miļevskis, lyrics by Inga Cipe. The song was recorded by musical ensemble Auļi, guitarist Jānis Kalniņš and Latvian instrument “kokle” artist Latvīte Cirse, with lead singer Renārs Kaupers. It was recorded at studio “LAUSKA”, with sound editor Kaspars Bārbals and can also be heard with Dolby Atmos Spatial audio format.
The song is available on all streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music.
The XVI LATVIAN FESTIVAL OF SONG AND DANCE IN CANADA takes place from July 4-7, 2024, in Toronto, continuing the longstanding Song and Dance Festival tradition in Canada.
The festival programme includes the Folk Dance Spectacle, new choreography showcase, and Latvian folk dance ensemble TDA “Teiksma” performance, as well as the Grand Choir concert, sacred and orchestral music concert, theater, children’s activities, marketplace, art galleries, balls, and other events. Participants from Canada, the United States, Latvia, and Europe are expected at the Festival.