The International Contemporary Dance Festival "New Baltic Dance" has grown up into one of the main and most prestigious dance festivals in the Baltic Sea region. The first event in 1997 gathered participants mostly from the post-Soviet countries where contemporary dance had been only starting.
Since then the number of guest countries increased - festival has presented companies from all Nordic and Baltic countries, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Israel, Canada, Slovenia, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Poland, Switzerland, Senegal. Program of the festival consists both from well established companies (La La La Human Steps, Cullbergballet, Aterballetto, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Random Dance Company, Russell Maliphant, Ariadone/Carlotta Ikeda, Ballet de Lorraine etc.) with famous productions and new young companies/choreographers with experimental works.
One of principles of festival is to present the newest productions (usually not more than 12 months old), thus the event is open for premieres, post-premieres, pre-premieres. The festival also provides the possibility for Lithuanian choreographers to show their newest creations (mostly premieres).
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