director and choreographer Aira Naginevičiūtė | composer Vladas Dieninis | set designer Arūnas Adomaitis | costume designer Laura Darbutaitė | light designer Andrius Matusevičius | performers Erika Vizbaraitė, Goda Laurinavičiūtė, Greta Grinevičiūtė, Sigita Juraškaitė and Agnietė Lisičkinaitė | AIROS Dance Theatre
duration: 50 min.
Aira Naginevičiūtė’s latest contemporary dance production Chimera’s Beads on stage features five women dancers of different ages and experiences. The five women embody powerful feminine archetypes related to a mythical monstrous creature. The fire-breathing female creature is unpredictable; it can be dangerous, tender, loving or motherly.
Each of the five women in the performance is undergoing a cycle of transformations while maintaining their own rhythm and movement flow. They slide their desires, illusions, and experiences as beads on a string, shedding their skins as snakes and leaving them behind in order to go on with the eternal cycle of life. Women on stage do not abide by the standards of beauty: the costume designer and choreographer change and transform women’s bodies to emphasize unusual forms and proportions, which signify their strengths and feminine vitality.
Rather than being monstrous creatures, chimeras on stage represent female archetypes: life giving Mother, poisonous messenger Snake, and all-encompassing unrestrained Passion, which sets into motion the cycle of death and rebirth of the three-headed creature.
For five years choreographer Aira Naginevičiūtė has been working with composer Vladas Dieninis experimenting on the overlap of sound and dance and creating music by means of dance. The artists use various constructions, objects, environment and bodies of dancers to create sound sculptures here and now. Dancers aim to transform accoustic environmental signals into optical structures, to turn invisible music into a visible movement.
Spatial scenography, optical music, and the aesthetics of "not beautiful" bodies marked by womens hard experiences intrigue a spectator.
Aira Naginevičiūtė is a choreographer, performer and teacher. In 1989, she founded Fluidus Dance Company. In the last ten years she created over 20 dance theatre performances, the most prominent of which are Processus (2002), Pregnant Silence (2005), Ego and ID (2007, 2009), The Moon Does Not Care About Barking Dogs (2008), Hour of the Wolf (2013), Chimera‘s Beads (2013) and Glass Gardens (2015). Aira has been awarded with the highest Lithuanian award for performing arts (later entitled Golden Stage Cross) by the Ministry of Culture for the performance Processus. In 2014, she established dance theatre AIROS.
The performances created by Aira have strong identity characterized by intensely visual stage images, interdisciplinary way of thinking and examinations of inner states of a human being through movement. As a choreographer, Aira is always on quest for artistic innovations, which involve contemporary music, dance cinema, improvisation, voice and poetry
arts printing house | black hall
tickets 8 and 10 eur | tickets available at Box-Offices Tiketa (buy via internete here) | tickets available 1 hour before the performance at the arts printing house