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How a flying man is born

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If parents did not yet explain to their little ones how children are born – they are welcome in theatre, dancers will. Of course, it’s easier for dancers; they don’t need to use puzzling words. All they need is a lyrical motion and after a few metaphors – a human is born.

In dance theatre “Dansema” play “Little miracles” that lyrical motion is accompanied with flight. No, not with an air balloon, with this white thing that looks like a hammock. But until the birth of a human in front of children’s eyes will grow flowers, penguin and eagle will hatch out, frogs will dance and caterpillar will become a butterfly.

Choreographer Birutė Banevičiūtė, founder of “Dansema”, is consistently creating contemporary dance for children, she is raising her audience from the very start.  For example colorful play “Mosaic” is meant for babies.  For those who were brought to see the premiere of “Mosaic” on their parent’s arms - it’s about time to come on their own feet to see “Little miracles”.

“Mosaic” is performed by three dancers, “Little miracles” requires only two – Agnė Ramanauskaitė and Mantas Stabačinskas – passionate choreographer‘s colleagues. Original music for all the plays were created by composer Rita Mačiliūnaitė, more and more often needed in theather. Illumination for „Dansema“ performances is created by Aurelijus Davidavičius and what he does with lights serves as decorations (wich you will not find in „Little miracles“) , it also serves as assistance to dancers.

It is extraordinary how much you can do with such a small team when each memeber has imagination this big.  After all stage seems always full of action and visuals. B.Banevičiūtė choreography is simple but not banal, though first episode with flowers can seem sweet and lovely as if it were a ballet. „Little miracles“ are also full of wit, espiacially when long stripy and fluffy catepillar curls up on stage and even splits in half so that two butterflies could be born.

The birth of those butterflies is one of true miracles of this play.  It is this scene that needs those hammocks mentioned before, which were borrowed for this play from aeroyoga practice.  When both dancers settle in white cloth, hang and float in the air we are probably witnessing creation of aerochoreography.

And episode contiguous to that poetry – hopping of little frogs, in wich particular lightening dances together accompanied by froggish jaw‘s harp sounds. Near by little birds hatch out from very sham (looking from parents perspective) foam eggshell with legs.

I would say those eggs were the most domestic, copied from reality and least changed by imagination objects. Thus , for example, to create a penguin Agnė Ramanauskaitė needed only white fluffy costume and stiff movements. And for the eagle – black fluffy sleeves and Mantas Stabacinskas plastic movement so you could see the wings.

Is it easy to recognize human, especially - not born yet, after seeing so many creatures in half hour. We‘ll leave that to conversations between parents and children. If 2 – 5 year olds could write reviews – their insights would be priceless.

Human baby is born beautifuly. With love. In flight. ... „Little miracles“ is 8th „Dansema“ dance performance for children. Theatre „Dansema“ was founded in 2007 and was first to start creating contemporary dance perfomances for children. These performances  have visited many cities and town in Lithuania, they were also performed in Croatia, Belgium, Holand, Germany, Palestine. In 2014 November B.Banevičiūtės play „Mosaic“ took part in one of the biggest art festival in the wold  „Kids Euro Festival, in Washington D.C.

You will be able to see „Little miracles“ during „Arts printig house“ international theatre festival for kids „KITOKS“ 15th of January at 10 am and 4pm.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 January 2015 18:03 )  

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The Contemporary Dance Association was established in 2007 by Lithuanian contemporary dancers and choreographers, who felt the need to organize themselves aiming to represent contemporary dance community and to defend their social and artistic interests.

The mission of the Association is to influence cultural policy in order to ensure and improve working conditions for dancers and choreographers and promote contemporry dance in Lithuania. As one of the main goals the Association seeks international collaboration with cultural institutions, dance organizations and artists.