International contemporary dance festival “New Baltic Dance”, during more than 20 years of its existence has grown up into one of the main and most prestigious dance festivals in the Baltic Sea region. It is organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilnius Festivals.
For the first event in 1997 the festival team gathered participants mostly from the post-Soviet countries where contemporary dance had only been starting. Since then the number of guest countries increased significantly – the festival has presented companies from all Nordic and Baltic countries, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Israel, Canada, Slovenia, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Poland, Switzerland, Senegal. All in all more than 170 companies from 25 countries have been programmed for the festival.
The program of the New Baltic Dance consists of both well-established companies (Euripides Laskaridis & Osmasis, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Les Ballets C de la B, Netherlands Dance Theatre II, Club Guy and Roni, Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan, La La La Human Steps, Cullbergballet, Aterballetto, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Random Dance Company, Russell Maliphant, Ariadone/Carlotta Ikeda, Ballet de Lorraine, Granhøj Dans, cia. toula limnaios, zero visibility corp. etc.) with famous productions and new young companies and choreographers with experimental works.
One of the guidelines of the festival is to present the latest productions, thus the event is open for premieres, post-premieres, pre-premieres. The festival also provides the possibility for Lithuanian choreographers to show their recent works.