Portrait of a Wilderness host
Inta Balode introduces Latvian Wilderness host, Jurgita Gruberte
In 2013 there were two Wilderness residencies in Latvia, - in Bebrene and in Ainaži. (Another two Wilderness residencies will take place there in March and April 2014.)
Writer Inta Balode visited both places in 2013:
“The link between the two Wilderness locations in Latvia, was for me the Wilderness host in Bebrene, Jurgita Gruberte. She is a wonderful example of a contemporary rural enthusiast. She is a physio therapist so she works with movement, exercises, massage; she is teaching healthy life style and organizes different public events. She also does guiding as well as eco and traditional cooking. She is also excited about ethnography, folklore and even archeology has her attention. She weaves her own folk costume and sings in the local folklore group “Ritam”.
Jurgita says: „My interests come from the possibility to communicate, work creatively and generate ideas. The community gets a lot of my attention but so does my family. I enjoy discovering and creating things. Some of my most pleasant and relaxing moments are during the several days long music festivals or when I`m riding my motorbike. My broad interests have developed in me a strong sense of tolerance and compassion.I`m a lover of humans”
During the residency period, Jurgita drove on her Vespa from Bebrene to Ainaži. She left home at 8:00; she arrived in Ainaži at 17:00. The purpose of the trip was to see the Wilderness showing in Ainaži. The next day on her way back the oil tube broke. Her family came on another Vespa to rescue her and they ended up having a nice couple of family holidays. Isn’t this beautiful? Doesn’t it fit the Wilderness concept well?”
Inta Balode is a writer and editor of the Latvian on-line dance journal www.journal.dance.lv Inta and Dance LV Journal are keðja Writing Movement collaborators.
This text was published in keðjas Newsletter Spring 2014: http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ed28cd4e56218031088082d1c&id=5d7805c6a2&e=[UNIQID]