The multimedia dance performance “Abas Malas” – translated “Both Sides” – was the highlight of Latvia’s 100th anniversary celebrations. An impressive production out of music, choreography, scenography, video and light projections on an area of 2,000 square meters.
Over five years the country celebrated its 100th anniversary and invested a total of 60 million euros. The dance performance “Abas Malas” was the highlight in the arena of Riga. The stage design for the dance production was put out to tender four years earlier and should represent Latvian history as a scenography. Didzis Jaunzems Architecture (DJA) developed a 2,000 square meter stage in the shape of a Latvian flag. A national symbol, which became a space-forming element, a gigantic dance and projection surface.
The stage could be used as a large screen or as a landscape of various triangular sections. Different multimedia elements could be projected simultaneously. For example for large scenes with groups of dancers or smaller spaces for individual dancers.
The choreographies of the 450 dancers and projections interpreted some of the most important events in the history of Latvia. A staging with which the country certainly did not just want to celebrate, but also wanted to present itself abroad.
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