Proposal for

Staro Riga 2018



DAWN is an art piece on the borderline between reality and dreaming, the immediate and the eternal, the past and the future. In a poetic and subtle way it speaks of distant memories. Or are these memories – dreams?

Transcending cultural and historical context, DAWN talks of eternity, connecting past and future. In lingua franca of pure and sublime art it reveals memories and feelings contained within us that help us to form links with our dreams. Dreams and memories weave into each other. In this way the art piece creates an almost sacral state of reflection and inspiration and affects the viewer emotionally.


Site-specific mapping installation & light desgn

Both architecture and dance share a passion for space and light in time
Steven Holl





Anastasia Isachsen

Music by Peteris Vasks

Inspired by Imant Ziedonis

DAWN is planned as a collaboration between Norwegian visual artist Anastasia Isachsen and Latvian composer Peteris Vasks.

Vasks’ music has a strong belonging in Latvian common story. His music of sublime beauty is full of longing, compassion, emotion, eternity, memory, heartache and message. There is always a powerful “light” of hope and spiritual brightness that dwells within it.

In her visual work for the ”Dawn” Anastasia Isachsen draws inspiration from Imant Ziedonis’ poetic world, especially from his ”Epiphanies”. In his epiphany ”Closeness” Ziedonis’ reflects on that every object, everything around us radiates it’s own light. This light is the soul. We just have to come close enough to see and feel it.

Combining inspiration from this piece of Ziednons’ poetry and from Vasks’ music, Anastasia creates a visual poem, where by revealing memories and dreams, we discover this light in the world around us. And this light connects us to eternity.

Visually she combines elements of contemporary dance to convey human emotion and 3D animation and motion graphics to create an abstract world resembling universe and eternity. Anastasia uses primarily two colours that in her view are symbolic for Latvia:

  • Blue – for sea, night, winter, past and universe
  • Golden – for earth, day, summer, amber, future and light

The connection to Latvia for the centennial celebrations is created by using Vasks’ music and Ziedonis’ poetry. Both artists are represented in Latvian Culture Canon. In this indirect way, the piece will talk of a story of Latvia, it’s dreams and it’s future. The music is intended to be choral. In this way it subtly interweaves the art piece with the strong tradition and symbolism of singing and choral music in Latvia.