3 September 2018

"Dance is the most honest way of expressing oneself. The Spirit of Dance to be visited by artists from Latvia


The third country participating in the international festival of music and dance The Spirit of Dance 2018 is Latvia: duo ZeMe as well as dancers Janis Putnins and Dana Zvonarjova, reports. Earlier performances of artists from Georgia, Ireland and India were announced.


The grandiose dance festival celebrating the 20th anniversary of Astana will begin at the Central Concert Hall "Kazakhstan" on the14th September at 19.00. The organizers of the dance show are the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan together with The Spirit of Tengri. Tickets for the unique show can be purchased at  as well as at the ticket offices of the Meloman Marwin store chain.


The organizers of the unique "seamless" dance show are the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan together with The Spirit of Tengri project. The Spirit of Dance is the fourth festival of the project team and the first, in which a greater emphasis is placed on the dance part. The stage of the Festival will meet musicians, dancers and DJs from 7 countries from around the world.

Latvian project ZeMe is an original musical duo inspired by the Earth mythology. It was created by unique musicians: The queen of kokles Laima Jansone and DJ Monsta, who is a recognized master of bit and electronics. The project was born in Riga, and was first presented on the big stage in Japan in 2015-2016.

The music of the group is a legacy of Latvian traditions combined with advanced technologies.  This is special interweaving of the meditative sounds of the coke and the powerful DJing of the DJ that make this duo special.

Laima Jansone is a composer. Moreover, she masterfully plays the kokles, a traditional Latvian folk stringed plucked instrument. On the stage, she improvises combining the ancient and the modern, the meditative and the impulsive. In 2011, she released her first solo CD, Sidrabs. In 2014, the artist was nominated for the Great Music Award in Latvia for her work on creating a new movement for kokles players. She has received a lot of credit for expanding the methods of playing kokles covering such genres as ethno-jazz, ambient and classical music. She has travelled all over Europe giving concerts, where she was applauded at the largest concert halls in Latvia, Italy, Belgium, Norway, Germany. Laima has also won the audience hearts in Australia, Japan and the United States.

Monsta (Uldis Cirulis) is an electronic musician, a scratch-DJ and producer. Monsta aims to use new technologies to create live music, as well as records. He has collaborated with numerous eminent Latvian hip-hop and jazz artists. Experimenting with electronics and scratching, he has participated in large-scale projects with the world famous Latvian Radio Choir, the European Chamber Choir Tenso and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, he took 11th place in the top DMC Online Championships, and in 2014 he became Latvian champion at Red Bull Thre3Style. In his music, the artist mixes electronic sounds with Latvian traditional folk music and rhythms thereby preserving traditions and giving them modern sounding.

The performance of the musicians will be complemented by the colorful show from dancers Janis Putnis and Dana Zvonarjova,  who have been specially invited for the The Spirit of Dance project.


Janis Putnins is a dancer and a choreographer, who has Bachelor degree in Contemporary Dance Choreography and Master degree in Modern Dance Art and Drama. He studied at the Latvian Academy of Culture, participated in many cultural Latvian and foreign projects, and during his time at the Latvian National Theater, the Daille Theater and the Latvian National Opera, as a dancer, actor and choreographer,he staged about 40 dance and theater performances. He has also collaborated with international dancers from Japan, China, the United States, the UK, Macedonia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic.

Dana Zvonarjova is a 23-year-old Latvian dancer and a young choreographer, who finished her studies at the faculty "The Art of Contemporary Dance" in the Latvian Academy of Culture in June 2018. She studied modern dance techniques (with tutor Olga Zitluhina), contact improvisation and improvisation (Ilze Zirina), ballet (Gunta Balina), modern dance and Feldenkrais method (Ramona Galkina), yoga (Arnis Silins) and martial arts - tai chi - Quan (Constantine Chechirko) and Aikido (Martins Veide). The artist has participated in numerous festivals and performances at venues such as Dance Formation Coline (France), Republic of Kosovo Dance Festival (Albania), 4th China-CEEC Summer Dance Camp and many others.



All the four guests from Latvia recorded a video message to the people of Kazakhstan:


"Hello, we are ZeMe project from Latvia and we are very happy to represent our country in Kazakhstan at the The Spirit of Dance Festival. My name is Laima, I play the kokles. Hello! My name is DJ Monsta, I work with music samples and do scratching. Laima and I are the music part of this project. Hello, my name is Dana and I'm a dancer, I dance not just to communicate with the audience, but also to find inner communication with myself. Hello everyone, I'm Janis Putnins, I'm also a dancer! I think dancing is the most honest way of expressing oneself and reuniting with the roots. "

Recall that the multimedia show The Spirit of Dance is conceived as an incredible performance with the participation of world stars in the music and dance scene. It will run in the format of "seamless show", which means non-stop. The audience should expect for many surprises: a unique three-level stage, a light show, multimedia accompaniment and live sound.


The main participants at the Festival of music and dance The Spirit of Dance will be small dance groups from around the world. Their task is to show the modern adaptation of their national dance. the dances will be intertwined among peoples: the Georgian dance will flow into Kazakh, and the Kazakh dance will turn into Indian dance. And all of them will be performed accompanied by completely different music: for example, the Irish step will combine with Uzbek melodies. The organizers specially chose very recognizable national dance to show how they can be presented in a new way.


One piece from each country will last 20-30 minutes, between the pieces the audience will see solo performances of world-class ethno artists. The guests of the Festival and the viewers of the online broadcast are waiting for an unusual symbiosis of different cultures, which they have never seen before.

The Spirit of Tengri is a multicultural and one of the world's largest projects in the genre of contemporary ethnic music, with a status of a national cultural brand. To date, musicians from 70 countries and regions of the world have been on its stage.  Over these years, more than 120 thousand Kazakhstanis and guests of the country have been its visitors. The Spirit of Tengri festivals are bright colorful music shows accompanied by informational art materials and video content. Thus, they are not only entertaining but also educational.


Recall that as part of the Spirit of Tengri project, this year Almaty had great success hosting the VI International Festival of Contemporary Ethnic Music The Spirit of Tengri. The event was held with the support of Almaty City Akimat and Tez Tour Kazakhstan. The general partner of the Festival was supermarket chain Magnum Cash & Carry. The series of concerts with the brand of The Spirit of Tengri continued at the International Music Festival of Nomadic Culture Nomad Way 2018 on June 22-24 at the Amphitheater on the Esil river embankment, as well as the International Festival of Contemporary Ethnic Music The Spirit of Astana 2018 held on July 6-8 in the square in front of the Baiterek monument.


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Aldaspan - Elge qayt
Chyltys - Aba chonym
Namgar - Yundengogo
Sharapat - Kok sholaq
Nordic Namgar - My Winters Day
Tigrahaud - Arlan-kazak
Gulzada - Kurmanbek
Radik Tyulyush - Er-le Changys


The Shin on Tengri FM (2014)
BaBa Zula on Tengri FM (2015)
The Spirit of Tengri (2013)
NOMAD WAY 2018 | ASTANA | JUNE 22-24
The Spirit of Astana (2017)
Sainkho Namchylak with German Popov on Tengri FM (2014)
The Spirit of Tengri (2014)
The Spirit of Tengri (2017)
The Spirit of Tengri (2015)
The Spirit of Tengri (2016)
Voices of autumn (2014)
The Spirit of Tengri on Womex 2015 (Hungary)
Presentation of DVD The Spirit of Tengri 2014
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