Author of paintings: Sigi Gabrie (Sigitas Gabrijolavičius, Australia)
Choreography: Birutė Letukaitė
Music: Antanas Jasenka
Costumes: Olesė Kekienė
Dancers of “Aura”: Ema Nedobežkina, Gintarė Marija Ščavinskaitė, Julija Mintautė, Gerda Butkutė, Oksana Griaznova, Abel Hernandez Gonzalez, Aime Sanchez, Juan Madero, Antonia Koluiartseva, Evgeniy Kalachov, Haruka Suzuki, Kyrie Oda, Mei Chen, Love Hellgren, Niels Claes, Marine Fernandez.
Partner of the exhibition and visualizations: Kauno bienalė
Artist: Monika Žaltauskaitė Grašienė
Video animator: Šarūnas Vyštartas
Duration: 1-3 hrs
In the opening evening of the festival AURA 26 the space of Kaunas modernistic architecture – “Pienocentras” palace – will be filled with unseen and strange vitality. The united team of movement, fine arts, animation and music will invite the audience to the mystic artistic action and to the rooms full of secrets. “Labyrinth” is a dance piece based on a series of 8 paintings of Sigi Gabrie (Sigitas Gabrijolavičius), the son of Danutė Nasvytytė. The choreographer Birutė Letukaitė collaborating with creative team of Kaunas biennial, will settle down the dancers of AURA Dance Theatre in the spaces of “Pienocentras” where we will travel all together not only with our bodies, but also in our minds. We will travel in time, in our consciousness and unconsciousness, in the past and in our memories where we will meet symbolic, metaphorical figures, images and characters.
The paintings of Sigi Gabrie tell the story of a small child, as yet unknown journey through life using mythologies of the Labyrinth. Her mother spins the clothes line to start her journey, and follows behind her watching the pathway… In this story the idea of a Minotaur is not the fear of a monstrous bull, but the fear of the unknown. The paintings are based on the physical concept of a rotating clothes line, from which various images and symbols are hanged like painted illustrated sheets. The characters (dancers) haunt the passages through the labyrinth. A photographer follows the child through the labyrinth taking photographs of encounters with the various mythical figures, and then leaves the photo records behind as memories. The photographs represent memory of the experience from art, legends and fables. The dancers in each choreography interpret and improvise on the theme of each visual metaphor seen in the paintings.
The project is supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture, Kaunas City Municipality.
Project partner for spaces – Kaunas Technology University.