Lithuanian Dance Information Centre (LDIC) has recently announced changes in activities, dictated by the pandemic – it was decided to scale down international projects, redistribute the budget and help the contemporary dance and circus community. The first results of one of the new activities are announced today – a list of selected artists who will participate in creative residencies at home. Some of them offer spectators and colleagues to join the process and become a part of creative projects – they invite dancers of the first independent Lithuania generation to respond or even those who can share stories of losing their fingertips.
Marija Baranauskaitė. The Sofa Project. Picture by Glasses’n beard photography
Opportunity to Strengthen Dance Community
LDIC has invited members of the contemporary dance and circus field to apply for the creative three-month residency, which would take place in their own home or other place in compliance with all security requirements and without breaking any established quarantine restrictions. Authors of the most interesting creative ideas will be invited to present them during the New Baltic Dance festival at the end of the year, or, if possible, the ideas will be integrated into other projects LDIC carry out.
Erika Vizbaraitė. APNEA. Picture by Laura Vansevičienė
According to Gintarė Masteikaitė, the director of LDIC, these residencies are not only an opportunity for sector members to work on their creative projects, but also a space to strengthen as a community. “We are extremely grateful to the Lithuanian Council for Culture for quickly and easily deciding to allow us to re-prioritize activities and redistribute the LDIC budget, considering the current situation. When selecting the participants of the programme, we focused on the projects’ relevance, we also looked for projects that the selected residents could help each other to develop. We want this residency to be not only the development of individual ideas, but also a creative team process. Throughout the residency, we will maintain regular contact with participants, organize meetings and process discussions for the entire selected group.” – Gintarė Masteikaitė talks about the new project.
Dance film (in progress) by Marius Paplauskas
Residencies Full of Creative and Research Processes
Out of 31 applications, 13 were selected for the residencies. Part of the residents come from contemporary dance field: Agnė Auželytė, Agnietė Lisičkinaitė, Aistė Kriukelytė, Goda Žukauskaitė, Grėtė Šmitaitė, Ieva Navickaitė, Lukas Karvelis will work on choreography and movement researches, Austėja Vilkaitytė, Erika Vizbaraitė and Marius Paplauskas will work on creating dance films. Three people from contemporary circus were also selected for LDIC residencies: Džiugas Kunsmanas and Marija Baranauskaitė will be developing performances, Gildas Aleksa will be preparing a programme and strategy for the youth circus school.
Goda Žukauskaitė. Pperformance „st.One 33“. Picture by Tomas Terekas
Join the Residency Projects
All the selected residents have already embarked on their creative works and begun to refine their ideas. Some are already offering to join their artistic research and become part of the residencies. Choreographers and performers Agnė Auželytė and Ula Liagaitė invite young dance community to share their stories as they prepare to study the development of Lithuanian dance in the last decade. Using different stories of dance creators, the artists will seek to create a documentary dance performance that reveals a portrait of the first generation of independent Lithuania’s dancers.
Agnė Auželytė. Picture by Dieter Hartwig
Choreographer, dancer, somatic movement educator Aistė Kriukelytė plans to invite spectators who would like to virtually receive a personal dance. Individual dance watching and feedback will become a part of an artistic study of the connection between two people and the authentic movement that emerges from that connection. Its results will become a part of a future book on the somatic movement application.
Dancer and choreographer Lukas Karvelis invites to respond those who have suffered a specific trauma – the loss of a fingertip. An artistic study combining topics of loneliness, addiction and feeling of being not enough are part of a new performance. In it, the author uses his own tragicomic story – losing the tip of a finger in teenage years.
Lukas Karvelis. Picture by Aura Skulskytė
Those who want to join one or several of these artistic projects of LDIC residents in the future are invited to write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LDIC activities are supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Vilnius City Municipality.