On October 3 at the concert hall of Vytautas Magnus University the evening will be opened by the Hungarian dance troupe The Symptoms with their production choreographed by Réka Szabó “Nobody is There or Do Dreams Go to Sleep during the Day?” It is all to seldom that the Lithuanian audience gets a chance to see modern/contemporary dance from this Central European country, so there is only one option in the beginning of this evening, namely to come and see them at 19:00. After some movement will be required from the audience since the evening will continue at Kaunas State Drama Theatre at 21:00. No doubt that there will be lots of flowers and congratulations because the stage will be given to the organizer of the Festival, Kaunas Modern Dance Theatre AURA, for presenting its first premiere this year. “Back’ is not just a new production by AURA but it is also the choreographical debut for Raimonda Gudaviciute who is currently a postgraduate student at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Nadar Rosano from Israel will occupy one of the oldest theatrical stages in Kaunas and Lithuania during the second half of the show at Kaunas Drama Theatre. Together with other dancers and musicians he is going to talk through dance to the audience about one of those eternal topics – need for love and a relationship with another human being that every one of us has and an inability to overcome one’s self in order to obtain that. Only at the end of his dances it will be clear whether our loneliness is just a temporary condition or a kismet. One more move awaits the audience tonight. The 18th IMDF’s unique feature – night shows – is of course included into the programme this year and the first of the two will be held at the stylish Art Deco cinema “Romuva” where once again the Festival’s stage is given to our dearest neighbours from Latvia. The joint Lithuanian-Latvian multimedia project “Eyes Fluttering in my Knees” has been developed by Skaidra Jancaite, Simona Orinska and PuseH PuseW with the participation of Modris Tenisons.

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