The Baltic Art From is an international cross-cultural art festival uniting artists from the Baltic Region and the UK. The festival aims to help artists from different disciplines and cultures to collaborate, create new art forms and new opportunities, grow, learn and play.
Baltic Art Form is not only a showcase for contemporary arts, but also a creative laboratory that brings artists together to explore and collaborate. Our goal is to present and promote the arts and high calibre artists of the Baltic region in the UK, while fostering a cross-cultural dialogue and understanding between the Baltic region and the rest of the world.
Kirill Burlovs life work has been Dance, he began studying ballet at age four in his native Riga, Latvia, then part of the Soviet Union. His danced for the Latvian National Ballet and by his early twenties he made the move to England, pirouetting his way through prestigious English Ballet institutions, Northern Ballet, Royal Opera House, Michael Clark Company and Londons Rambert. Notable projects with English National Ballet, Burst, Neon, & the Cathy Marston Projects. His dance style experienced a reinvention from Classical to Contemporary, as did his career he became sought after Choreographer, premiering his work in Rambert, Latvian National Opera, Coronet Theatre @theprintroom, Opera Hong Kong, Slovenian National Opera, Institute of Contemporary Art, British Film Institute, London Fashion Week, British Museum, Tate Modern amongst the other galleries and performance platforms. His musical collaborations with renowned composers are vast, including Gabriel Prokofiev, Emika, Platon Buravicky, Fabio D’Andrea musicians Reinis Zarins, Satoko Fukuda, and Ksenija Sidorova. He has also worked with visual artists Khadijah von Zinnenburg, Laura Malacart and Roger Eager. His creative ventures with Kristaps Petersons have been multi award winning, with the latest work “Mikhail and Mikhail Playing Chess” winning 12 major awards.
He’s taken on film, theater, and TV roles. He is now in the fourth year of providing artistic direction for the Baltic Art Form and he still performs. His breadth of experience puts him in good stead to make artistic decisions unrelated to his own career and to think more seriously about creating opportunities for others. He helps the BAF festivals create and stick to a vision whilst reveling in the camaraderie of artist collaboration bringing his positive energy and unique talent as director.
Kirill continues to test boundaries working with varied scale interactive projects for a variety of audiences bringing dance out of conventional spaces. For more information visit www.kirillburlov.com
Ajay had his first brush with the performing arts in London in 2002 whilst still studying for his post-graduate when he was picked to appear as the lead character in the open air production of Sherlock Holme’ s The Man With The Twisted Lips, directed by Prof B J Rahn. Since then, he got so hooked that, after graduating and whilst still working full-time in a marketing day job, he took an evening job as Front of House Assistant in 2004 at the St Martin’s ‘The Mousetrap’ - what he then saw as a foot in the door in the theatre world - where he worked until 2009. A stroke of luck later brought him in touch with Rambert’ s lead dancer Kirill Burlov in 2006, who introduced him to the contemporary dance circuit. Ajay trained in acting under Shola Adewusi at the Bush House Acting Group. Working alongside Kirill he is now viewed as a crucial team member of the Baltic Art Form.