Baltic Dance Platform 2024: Performances

FrostBite

Jette Loona Hermanis, Anna Ansone (Latvia)

“FrostBite” is a performative act on infantile games, nurture and role-play within an aestheticised universe, where naivete is an advantage. Portraying empathy-induced characters that shift between juvenile and mature roles. A performance situated in a frame under the logic of the “house” game. Three performers (+ a root) that seem to seek thrill by varying between embodying different stages of human development: The Infant, The Child, The Adolescent, The Adult. These stages are signified with symbolic skin scarrings that each performer possesses: The God’s Eye – Creator energy – The Infant; The Teardrop – The gift of consciousness – The Child; The Spiral – The disruptive energy signifying the process – The Adolescent; The Doughnut – The end product, shape in its final form – The Adult. They are bound to stage numerous circumstances that revolve around parenting the object of care, which fluctuates between the performers, and a bizarrely deformed river root that they have chosen to supervise as their own child. The dynamic between the performers constantly morphs into new dimensions, as they find themselves restless in needing to fantasize new realities to navigate. A score that can function only through utterly committing to the delusion.

About artists:
Jette Loona Hermanis, pulsing Baltic blood, is a performance artist, choreographer and performer, born in 1997. After finishing her studies in SNDO Choreography in Amsterdam, she has since been based inTallinn and Riga. She received the Estonian Theatre Prize Dance Award 2022 with Johhan Rosenberg for their work “Eden Detail”. Her work often animates the body through a digital veil.
Krišjānis Elviks is a scenographer and interdisciplinary artist based in Riga, Latvia. His work combines such media as scenography, video, installation, performance and text. In the center of his artistic practice is “thinking in space”, which results in audio-visual exhibitions and performances.
Sofija Frančeska Putniņa a.k.a. persefon is a Latvian multi-media artist who mainly focuses on sculpting and art direction, exploring sensitivity in the grotesque and fantastical, otherworldly subjects.
Martina Gofman is an illustrator working in the field of graphic design and makeup. In the latter, the main focus is prosthetic and theatrical makeup for creating unworldly characters with modified bodies.
Anna Ansone is a Riga based visual artist who graduated from the Department of Stage Design at the Art Academy of Latvia. Her main focus is costume/character design and set design for stage and video
work.

Contacts:
Jette Loona Hermanis, choreographer: jettehermanis@gmail.com
https://jetteloonahermanis.tumblr.com