International Dance Festival AURA’24 that takes place in Kaunas on 8-12th of October 2014, will ask what is masculinity in the Postmodern society? The theme of the festival will be flavored with exotic spices.

This year, for the first time in Lithuania, the festival will present Mexican and South Korean contemporary dance. Mexican dance evening will not end up with closing curtains on stage – the audience is invited to celebrate the evening in a real Mexican party with Mexican food, drink, musical rhythms and, of course, dances.

The festival will be opened with a stunning performance “Sfumato” by French choreographer Rachid Ouramdane. The audience will see a phantasmagorical vision of so-called “climate refugees” witnesses, with a real rain on stage!

There are 14 performances listed on AURA’24 program presenting acknowledged and awarded choreographers, dancers and dance companies from Belgium, Italy, Israel, Poland, Mexico, South Korea, France, Sweden as well as a premiere of the co-production of Aura Dance Theatre and Artscenico (Germany) which is choreographed by Paul Hess – a dancer who has worked with legendary Pina Bausch.


About the festival

1989 is the year when the International Festival of Modern Dance was organized for the first time. In 2011 the festival was renamed to AURA International Dance Festival. The festival was born in Kaunas and became the town‘s meaningful tradition that encourages popularity of contemporary dance and enriches cultural life of Lithuania. Introducing the newest trends in contemporary dance and inviting to accept challenges this festival is educating the audiences and develops the understanding of contemporary dance. By inviting more and more established masters of dance from different foreign countries, the festival strengthens the image of Lithuania abroad thus encouraging intercultural exchanges.

AURA dance festival has already introduced plenty of famous choreographers and dance companies: Johannes Wieland, Compagnie Drift, Yossi Berg ir Oded Graf dance theatre, Virpi Pakhinen, Sylvio Dufrayer Dance company, Camea Dance Company, Tami Dance Company, Marcel Leemann Physical Dance theatre, Ben J. Riepe troup, Theatre “Manantiales“, Theatre “Tranvia“, Zawirowania Dance Theatre, Karel Vanek, A.lter S.essio, Ferenc Feher, Companie Thor, Anne Juren & Annie Dorsen, Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor, Nadar Rosano, Merav Cohen Reinan, Ofra Idel, Sasha Waltz&Guests and many others.

The performances are accompanied with workshops held by famous masters and all the participants of the festival are invited to take part in them. This event is a unique opportunity for its participants to exchange ideas and experiences of dance.

The festival is sponsored by Lithuanian Council for Culture and Kaunas Municipality.