New Baltic Dance

The International Contemporary Dance Festival New Baltic Dance (Vilnius/ Lithuania) is one of the main and most prestigious dance festivals in the Baltic Sea Region. Since 1997, the festival has presented companies from all the Nordic and Baltic countries, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Israel, Canada, Slovenia, Serbia, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Poland, Switzerland and Senegal.

  • What is the idea of the project?
     New Baltic Dance 2013 © D. Matvejevas
    The festival has brought 170 dance companies and independent choreographers from 25 countries that showed 330 dance performances. Among them are La La La Human Steps, Cullbergballet, Aterballetto, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Random Dance Company, Russell Maliphant, Ballet de Lorraine and others. The program of the New Baltic Dance, which is organized by the Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilnius Festivals, consists both of well established companies with famous productions and new young companies/ choreographers with experimental works. One of the principles of the festival is to present the latest productions, thus the event is open for premières, post-premières and pre-premières. The festival also provides the possibility for Lithuanian choreographers to show their recent creations.
  • Who is the target group?

    The festival New Baltic Dance is dedicated to young professionals as well as to academic youth and art professionals.

  • Next edition of the project

    The next edition of New Baltic Dance will take place in May 2016.


"ARS BALTICA is not a bureaucratic construction for political posturing, but a concept that stands for unconventional and committed collaboration in real cooperative projects." (Rainer Haarmann, former ARS BALTICA Coordinator, 1997)

Key Facts

  • start of the project in 1997
  • accredited with the ARS BALTICA logo since 1998
  • located at Vilnius (Lithuania)
  • countries involved are Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Russia


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New Baltic Dance 2010-2012 © D. Matvejevas