VIENUDU

Dance is primarily about a person’s relationship with himself/herself through one’s relationship with others and the environment. This relationship is our mirror, but the mirror often becomes quite distorted due to the entanglements of our identity. So, firstly, it should be straightened: looking into each other’s eyes, holding hands exposes us in front of each other and gives us an opportunity to look at ourselves/others as they really are and not how we would like/ do not want them to be.

By exploring the movements and flow of breakdance, juxtaposing them with Lithuanian folk dance, the creators raise philosophical questions in the narratives of a male identity. In a duet, as if in a dialogue with another, but essentially with oneself, it is tried to explore a look of oneself in today’s hustle and bustle of norms, opinions and stereotypes. About our internal processes and going in circles.




INFORMATION

Creators: Airida Gudaitė, Laurynas Žakevičius, Rokas Šaltenis

Dancers: Rokas Šaltenis, Laurynas Žakevičius

Composers: Agnés M & Marta Finkelštein

Recenzijos


“Vienudu” is still just the beginning of the work, a twenty-minute sketch; a duet of two dancers – Žakevičius and Šaltenis – stunning in their nakedness, openness and commitment to vulnerability. It seems as if all the norms of the contemporary world dissolve between the dancers as soon as they step on the dance floor – walking in a circle in front of each other, they start the dance with an open gaze, the beginnings of a real connection. The dancers move like mirror reflections of each other, holding hands, doing breakdance and sometimes even folk dance steps, not shying away from smiling if dancing together is simply good. Especially the breakdance reveals itself here as a particularly flexible and sensitive dance.

Aistė Šivytė, Menų faktūra, 2023-07-10

Laurynas Žakevičius and Rokas Šaltenis from Lithuanian hip-hop dance theatre company Low Air showed an excerpt from their duet Vienudu. Shaven-headed in simple white shirts, as matched as alter egos, each circles the other, pacing the perimeter of their space, reaching across with a handshake grip, or building a rotational moment of low jumps and skids – eyes locked on the other’s eyes all the while. The air between the two is alive, with the ambivalence of two men staying face to face.

Sanjoy Roy, On record, 2024-02-11


 

TOURS

International Street Art Festival SPOT (excerpt from the performance), Vilnius, Lithuania, 2023
Tauragė – Lithuanian Capital of Culture’23 (excerpt from the performance), Tauragė, Lithuania, 2023
International Dance Festival PALMA DANSA (excerpt from the performance), Mallorca, Spain, 2023
International Contemporary Dance Festival „Pėdos” (excerpt from the performance), Anykščiai, Lithuania, 2024

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