me two / WE, THE CLIQUE

“me two / We, the Clique” is a dance performance for youth that has gained recognition of critics and audience with its brave, sincere, powerful stories, music and scenography.

Story of the show is built on a group of young dancers exploring their personal experience with power relations, LGBTQ+ developing identities, sexual harassment, and power abuse towards them which urges belonging to The Clique, and the necessity to share. The audience is invited to revisit teenhood through the lens of a spectator, a parent, a teacher, a decision-maker and to reflect on the boundaries of power in interpersonal and intergenerational relationships.




Information

Idea, choreographer: Airida Gudaitė

Dancers-creators: Greta Snitkutė, Arminas Kazanavičius, Rokas Bugys, Ugnė Laurinavičiūtė, Grėtė Vosyliūtė, Elena Milaknytė, Beatričė Šaltenytė, Emilija Giedraitytė, Barbora Mickutė, Aura Šriubšaitė, Saulė Bučiūnaitė, Smiltė Kavoliūnaitė

Director: Jonas Tertelis

Composer: Agnė Matulevičiūtė

Scenographer: Renata Valčik, Emilis Šeputis

Light designer: Julius Kuršys

Sound director: Ignas Juzokas

Website: Arnas Razgūnas

Producer: Laurynas Žakevičius

Duration: 70’

Project partly supported by: Lithuanian council for culture, Vilnius city municipality, Urban dance theatre “Low Air”.

REVIEWS

“The dancers’ courage, high skill and positive energy are breathtaking. They believe in what they are doing, they share their stories of adolescence, which are full of doubts, maximalism, joy, fear, violence, rejection, confusion, awareness of their sexuality, the desire to be accepted, and the attempts to trust in adults, in themselves and in “their own”. In some ways, the performance is an authentic nugget, the kind you don’t often see in professional theatre, especially in festival programmes – fresh blood in the broadest possible sense of the word.”

L. Mellena-Bartkeviča, Menų faktūra, 2023-10-08


“It is a striking performance and, presumably, a challenging manifesto for Generation Z, as it affirms the spirit of freedom, creativity, determination and courage to talk about very personal topics – about the perception of oneself and one’s own body, about the (in)acceptance of oneself and one’s own body, about the negatively intimate experience, about the painful losses. <…> There is a strong sense of synergy and freedom of expression between the dancers of the company, all experimenting with different styles and forms of movement, complementing and supporting each other. Even visually, you can see how strongly the dance affects each performer’s body and emotional state. This confirms the theory of the close interconnection between the body and the mentality, and shows that dance can be a therapy for the spirit.”

E. Zirne, Menų faktūra, 2023-10-08


“It has long been my opinion that Lithuania and Vilnius in particular punches well above it’s weight as a centre for innovative contemporary dance and once more the point is proven with this quick visit to London of LOW AIR Vilnius city dance theatre with a double U.K. premiere of  “Game Over” and “me two / We, The Clique”.”

Graham Watts, UK Theatre critic, 2022-11-30


“It seems that this team managed to not only create a work but to live a life in which reality is only aside with it’s side effects and creation is the main target. Everything else is in the clique, with freedom to feel, freedom to speak and freedom to move.”

Dovilė Zavedskaitė, dance.lt, 2021-12-02


“It is the connection (not the relationship, but the connection) with the parents that becomes the most painful and sensitive note in this story about the ending childhood and the beginning of adolescence. Whatever the parents, they are the ones needed the most, the ones who are most lacking, no matter how independent feel those who mature.”

Goda Dapšytė, 370 Nr. 106, 2021-09-24


“Me Two / We, the Clique” perfectly conveyed a diverse portrait of Generation Z teenagers – not those who are thoughtless, lost in their phones, but those who have their own opinion and do not shy away from discussing social, political and ecological issues, are conscious and striving for change. This performance is a stay “in your own clique”, a community that understands and talks about close experiences and does not seek to moralize, but invites you to say “me too”…”

Aistė Šivytė, 7md, Nr. 27 (1392), 2021-09-10


“Basically, writing and discussing, especially criticizing a piece that is created for teenagers, about teenagers and with teenagers, can be either done by a completely heartless pragmatist or a thoughtless critic. It would be really pointless, and even unnecessary, to hurt or distract those who have begun to express their creative potential from the world of dance. The choice of both the theme and the idea – to talk to the teenagers their language and to their audience – is a considerable challenge, the result of which could be painfully disappointing and interesting only for the audience of the performers’ relatives. It could have been, but it didn’t.”

Silvija Čižaitė-Rudokienė, Menų faktūra, 2021 09 15


“There was a constant desire on the part of the creators to show that these (and perhaps all of today) young people are the same people as everyone, with their worries, joys and desire to be loved and accepted. The audible narratives and immediate movements (some of them illustrative, but consistent with the declarative expression of the performance) inspired viewers to remember personal experiences and actually feel like they were in their own clique.”

Aušra Kaminskaitė, Menų faktūra, 2021 09 01


“As usual in dance theatre, you just have to experience a lot of things in “Your Own Clique” without trying to name it, but there are also a lot of signs and semantic references that are interesting to think about, even after the performance. So I would boldly argue that this dance performance is a generous, diverse, and perhaps even transformative experience for some, a high bar profile for the young audience of the performing arts.”

Ramunė Balevičiūtė, Menų faktūra, 2021 09 09

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TOURS

Lithuania (2021-2022)
France, Festival de Danse Cannes - Studiotrade Plateform, 2021
International Contemporary Dance Festival „Pėdos”, Anykščiai, 2021
International Contemporary Dance Festival „Aura”, Kaunas, 2021
Mental Health Arts Festival „Ryšiai”, Vilnius, 2021
International festival for children and youth „Kitoks”, Vilnius, 2022
Festival „Audra” (Part of the European Capital of Culture Kaunas 2022 program), Kaunas, 2022
Germany, Westwind Festival, 2022
Festival „Erdvės“, Visaginas, 2022
Art Festival „Plartforma“, Klaipėda, 2022
Vilnius International Theatre Festival „Sirenos“, Vilnius, 2022
Festival „ŠA! TEATRAS“, Šakiai, 2022
Festival „Formos'22“, Kėdainiai, 2022
Festival „Vilnius 700: JAUNI JAUNIEMS“, Vilnius, 2022
London, Sadler's Wells, 2022
Youth Theatre Festival KULTŪRIZMAS, Šiauliai, Lithuania, 2023
International Dance Network Festival SHARING ACROSS BORDERS, Cologne, Germany, 2023
International Theatre Festival TheATRIUM, Klaipėda, Lithuania, 2023
Dance Festival „Šokanti Ignalina”, Ignalina, Lithuania, 2023

AWARDS

Awarded with The Golden Stage Cross Award (Best Dance Piece of the Year for teenagers, 2021)

Nominated for The Golden Stage Cross for the Best Performance Music of the Year, 2021

Awarded with Audience Award in Vilnius International Theatre Festival „Sirenos“, 2022

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