Dance performance „Me Two / We, the Clique“ / Low Air (Lithuania)
Idea, choreography: 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
Stage design: Renata Valčik, Emilis Šeputis
Light design: Julius Kuršys
Sound director: Ignas Juzokas
Manager: Gabrielė Kundrotaitė
Producer: Laurynas Žakevičius
Premier: August, 2021
Duration: 60 min.
Location: @ Hangar at Hofas’ yard (Naujoji uosto str. 3)
The performance was awarded with the Golden Cross of the Stage in the category "Best Performance of the Year for Children and Youth" and nominated in the category "Best Music of the Year for a Performance" in 2021.
One of the most prominent Lithuanian female choreographers Airida Gudaitė guides a bonded group of young dancers to dig into the archives of and document their thoughts on issues such as power relations between adults and non-adults, LGBTQ+, sexualized behaviour and sexual abuse towards teens, gender roles, relationship between children and parents, relationship to one’s body and flaws, and accumulate movement vocabulary during the process. While searching for the right movement in given time and space dancers dive into the archives of their (body) memory and face intimate and often awkward experiences of young people what raise questions such as where the boundaries between the two are, why sensitive stories often remain silent or unheard, and more.
The performance highlights the different power positions of two generations – teenagers and adults. Thus, the audience is invited to revisit vibrant teen-hood through the lens of an adult, a parent, a teacher, a power holder, a decision-maker, and to consider the connection between boundaries and power in interpersonal and intergenerational relationships.
*** Critics’ corner
„The clear, penetrating gaze of a young man, instantly debunking this hopelessly false world, defining with the resolution of movement where this world is heading.“ Ingrida Ragelskienė, Menų faktūra, 2022-01-27
„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 are, they are the ones needed the most, the ones who are most lacking, no matter how independent feel those who mature.” Goda Dapšytė, 370, 2021-09-24
„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 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
Photo: Dainius Putinas, Evelina Lakavičiūtė, Martynas Plepys