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Dovydas StrimaitisHairy
focusfrance
Dovydas StrimaitisHairy
12.05.
Boris Hristov House of Culture
Start: 19:30
Duration: 55 min
Age: 12+

The theatre hall is accessible for visitors with limited mobility

Credits

Concept: Dovydas Strimaitis
Choreography: Dovydas Strimaitis with the dancers
Performance: Line Branchereau, Benoit Couchot, Lucrezia Nardone, Hanna-May Porlon
Lights: Lisa M. Barry
Music: original composition by Julijona Biveinytė, Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 4 played by Yo-Yo Ma, Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 played by Jean-Guihen Queyras
Production: Alix Ruyant for Still Waiting

Co-produced by Théâtre de la Ville; New Baltic Dance Festival; Montpellier Danse as part of residency at the Agora, cité internationale de la danse, with the support of the Fondation BNP Paribas; NEUFNEUF Festival.

In collaboration with AMAT for RAM.

Supported by Tanzhaus Zürich; La SPEDIDAM, société de perception et de distribution qui gère les droits des artistesinterprètes en matière d’enregistrement, de diffusion et de réutilisation des prestations enregistrées; l’ADAMI.

With the support of Caisse des Dépôts.

Hairy

Beauty, rebellion, freedom, romance, volatility, breaking away from restrictions and norms - human flowing hair, wrapping the flesh in an embrace, symbolizes many things. But hair cannot move autonomously, which sets it apart from other parts of the human body - and turns it into an unconventional choreographic element. And HAIRY is precisely a performance about four dancers and their hair. 

Lithuanian choreographer Dovydas Strimaitis explores the opposition between the static of hair and the dynamics of the body, between its out-of-control nature and dance as the art of physical (self-)control. A battle between order and chaos, this is a performance in which the will-less loose hair unfolds its symbolic meanings, such as carelessness, enthusiasm, creative impulse, and subcultural aesthetics. And more. 

Hair is a boundary, a limit both separating us from and connecting us to what is physically outside of us. Its "movement" or rather "waving" has its own condensed historical and social background, which Dovydas Strimaitis refracts through his minimalist perspective. The deep sound of the cello enhances the thrilling impact of the piece and its conceptual framework.

Through his choreography created for and because of hair, Strimaitis raises ontological questions about our identity, our body, and its autonomy. It is a multi-layered dance and visual experience woven from counterpoints in time and space, and in conceptual and historical narratives, too.

Dovydas Strimaitis

Dovydas Strimaitis is a Lithuanian contemporary dance artist, living and working between France and Belgium. At the age of 12, Strimaitis started training in various dance styles, including line dancing, show dance, and eventually contemporary dance. In 2015, he enrolled in a dance bachelor's degree program at Codarts (NL). Strimaitis graduated from university in 2019, after completing his internship year with Jitti Chompee, Jan Martens, and Marina Mascarell. From 2019 to 2022, Strimaitis was a dancer at The National Ballet of Marseille, under the direction of La Horde. From 2022, he is a freelance dancer. 

Strimaitis started creating his choreographic oeuvre already at Codarts. However, his first professional piece “The Art of Making Dances'' premiered in 2021 at the festival New Baltic Dance in Vilnius.The solo was followed by “A Duet” that premiered in 2023 in festival ArtDanThé in Théatre de Vanves (Paris). 

In 2022, Strimaitis' work “Hairy” was selected as a finalist in the competition Danse élargie organized by Théâtre de la Ville. In 2022 and 2023, he created a solo and an extended trio versions of the piece. These versions served as preparations for the full-evening piece of “Hairy” that premieres in 2024 at the festival New Baltic Dance in Vilnius. 

Strimaitis works are marked by rigorous structures, minimalist vocabulary that is nevertheless physically demanding, and detailed musicality. While often they are not narrative-driven, his works present a contradicting story through the analysis of historical and contemporary issues in dance, art, and their political reverberations.

The programme Focus France is realised with the support of the French Institute of Paris.

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