Jerusalem, Lithuania, Wine and Pita: an international evening with refreshments and wine
23-05-2017
Meet Urban Dance Theatre Low Air in Jerusalem!
FEEL - LINK street dance performance
IDEA, CHOREOGRAPHY AND DANCE Laurynas Žakevičius and Airida Gudaitė**
SET DESIGN by Renata Valčik | LIGHTING DESIGN Eugenijus Sabaliauskas, Povilas Laurinaitis
Urban Dance Theatre Low Air and Arts Printing House | Duration 40’
Low Air Urban Dance Theatre | Feel-Link
Airida Gudaitė and Laurynas Žakevičius represent a new generation of Lithuanian dancers and choreographers. ”Feel-Link” explores their relationship as a couple as they use gritty free urban dance to express their emotions towards each other.
”Feel-Link” was the first urban/hip-hop dance production in Lithuania and on its debut was nominated for the prestigious Lithuanian Golden Stage Cross theatre awards (for Best Debut of the Year) and they were awarded that competition’s Best Choreographers the following year.
”Feel-Link” features an evocative electronica soundtrack that ultimately gives way to the passion and sophisticated rawness of Nina Simone’s Feelings as the dancers engage in a seemingly endless cycle of repressed feelings that ultimately come to an astonishing conclusion.
* Reviews:
There’s an authenticity to the work dancers Airida Gudaitė and Laurynas Žakevičius produce on stage, that few other performers could hope to replicate. Three stars ***
[The Scotsman, KELLY APTER, August 16, 2016]
The stage is bare – they truly don’t need anything other than their limber bodies, their creative approach to street dance (now gaining ground in Lithuania) and the loving intuition that exists between them. Four stars ****
[The Herald, Mary Brennan, August 17 , 2016]
Nevertheless, it is a pleasure to watch nicely trained, alive and athletic dancers’ bodies – because it’s pretty, conflict-less hip-hop ballet. [Dita Eglīte, May 14, 2012; journal dance.lv]
Street dance performance captivated with the perfect combination of bodies. [Dovilė Žilionytė 7, May 2012, Delfi.lt]
This motion conversation actually takes place subtly and poetically, avoiding the straightforward in to the conflict or the development, extreme postures become the strongest emotional aftertaste. [Monika Jarulytė, kulturpolis.lt 29, August 2012]
** The performance nominated for he prestigious Lithuanian Golden Stage Cross theatre awards (for Best Debut of the Year 2011)
*** Premiered in 2011 at the program Open space’11 for young artists, Arts Printing House | “Feel-link” presented in Sweden (Göteborg Dans & Teater Festival), France (International 10 cities tour, 2016), United Kingdom (International Fringe festival, 2016), Germany (International Tanzmesse NRW, 2013), Ukraine (Gogolfest, 2016), Belarus (Iinternational festival of Modern Choreography, 2013, 2014), Latvia, U.S.A (Los Angeles, 2013).