It’s been a century since writer who created the rules of games with imagination Julio Cortázar was born.
Inspired by the author, Urban Dance Theatre Low Air presents an innovative live dance installation which connects both visual and dance art.
The performance revolves around game perspective, inviting the audience to witness the collision of reality and dreams. Spectator feels as in particular situation, considers relationship with others and themselves. Subtle feelings interfere with fiction and magic, while becoming inevitable element of movement and view.
Cortázar has this magical realism which inspired artists’ imagination for a long time. Writer’s stories particularly vivid, and they have become a map for our motion and choreography, along with the possible storyline for the dream and reality.
For this newest piece young professionals have teamed – set designer Lauryna Liepaite, lighting designer Povilas Laurinaitis, musician Adas Gecevicius, dancers Airida Gudaite and Laurynas Zakevicius. Though everyone worked as directors and choreographers during creative process, on the stage we see just a two dancers and live music show.
Idea: Lauryna Liepaitė, Airida Gudaitė, Laurynas Žakevičius
Choreography and performance: Airida Gudaitė, Laurynas Žakevičius
Composer and life music performance: Adas Gecevičius
Scenography: Lauryna Liepaitė
Lighting design: Povilas Laurinaitis
Game Over, with all its rigour and challenges and full-on physical dedication, is quite a memorable and stirring experience. A (sometimes grim, disturbing) pleasure to see proper dance art from Lithuania!
Donald Hutera, UK dance writer (The Times, The Stage), 2022-11-30
<…>it was enjoyable spread of paradoxical dream images by the choreographers and
H. Šabasevičius, 7md.lt, NR. 3 (1197), 2017-01-20
Aesthetic, exact, complete. The collective work perhaps is the secret recipe, in which im-ages, sounds and movements constitute a harmonious unity.
Goda Dapšytė, 2017-02-19, dance.lt
Recommended for those who dreams colourfully and appreciates visual theatre.
Goda Dapšytė, 370, 2017 February #51
No, it wasn’t just a contemporary dance performance.
It was some sort of Gaspar Noe film, some kind of cosmic combination of urban culture, per-forming arts, contemporary music performed live on stage, perfect bodies, sarcasm, suffocating minimalism, self-exploration and even piles of everything.
Dovilė Filmanavičiūtė, 2016-12-28, personal oppinion
Movement and music told stories and I didn’t need any words. Live music and a minimalistic style perfectly fitted into the set!
Unė Kaunaitė, 2017-01-29, personal oppinion
Go and enjoy, because this is a high pilotage by the way it catches. This is a game, let yourself to accept it.
Marius Giedraitis, 2017- 01-26, personal oppinion
That was amazing – so much passion and sensitivity, and body virtuosity, and humour, and irony. It’s like my dream about Rene Magritte paintings, computer games and rave parties all in one, Julio Cortázar is also here as promised.
Olia Zhuk, Creative director at Dovzhenko Centre (Ukraine), 2017.
Delirious choreographies capable of highlighting the encroachment between dream and reality, but also the irreducible tension between the individual and the outside world. The dance becomes an epileptic convulsion in an instant, all of which is cadenced by the tenacious and powerful sound of a drum machine played like a rock concert, between grotesque and dramatic tones.
Alessandro Alfieri, Persinsala Teatro, 2018-05-12.
The project is perfectly orchestrated, a subtle and innovative interaction between dance, music, and relationship with the public. <…> Game Over is a performance that combines with force evocative and irony the fatigue of the bodies and the power of dreams, it plunges us into the obsessions of our life and into the world of a great writer. The game begins, the game ends continuously, the rules are built together.
Federico Betta, Altroquotidiano, 2018-05-10.
Two dancers, carefully dressed, in three squares of light – everything takes place, running, drowning… Musical accompaniment begins with ancient trumpet sounds and ends with a quiet waltz. In the middle, everything is possible. Both in dance and in music. Figures from the Surrealistic world of Corteser become real.
Dan Ben Ari, photographer, Tel Aviv, May 2018.
Lithuania (2016 - 2020)
Ukraine (GogolFest, 2017)
International Contemporary Dance Festival „Naujasis Baltijos šokis”, Vilnius, 2017
International Arts Festival „Plartforma”, Klaipėda, 2017
International Contemporary Dance Festival „Pėdos”, Anykščiai, 2018
Italy (Auditoprium Parco Della Musica, 2018)
Israel (Tmuna Theatre, 2018)
China (Beijing New Dance Festival, 2018)
Germany (Internationale Tanzmesse NRW, 2018)
Bulgaria (One Dance Week festival, 2018)
China (Harbin Grand Theatre, 2018)
Israel (Suzanne Dellal Centre, Lithuanian Story - Culture Festival In Tel-Aviv, 2019)
Austria (Burgenländische Tanztage, 2019)
Sakartvelo (South Caucasus Contemporary Dance & Experimental Art Festival in Tbilisi, 2019)
France (Festival de Danse Cannes, 2019)
South Korea (Seoul International Dance Festival - SIDance 서울세계무용축제, 2021)
Germany (euro-scene Leipzig festival, 2021)
United Kingdom (London, Sadler's Wells, 2022)
Awarded with Borisas Dauguvietis Earring for both the successful research and development of a new stage forms connecting urban dance and theatre and for the pedagogical work which changes a face of Lithuanian contemporary dance (2016)
Nominated for the Golden Stage Cross award (Best Dancer of the Year, 2016)
Awarded by Lithuanian contemporary dance association (Best Choreographic work, 2016)