FESTIVAL HISTORY

In 1988 the head of Kaunas Modern Dance Theatre AURA Birute Letukaite organized the first modern dance festival in Lithuania that immediately attracted international attention.  This annual dance event is important for both dance enthusiasts and professionals and also for all those who are interested in novelties of culture and arts in the World.  The festival does no delimit itself to Kaunas – its performances are shown in different Lithuanian towns.

Each year the festival organized by Kaunas Modern Dance Theatre AURA introduces many dance troupes representing different cultures and dance schools.  Enthusiasts of modern dance have an opportunity to see performances and to participate in workshops supervised by choreographers where new ideas and unexpected forms of expression appear through integration of various experiences and experiments.  Since the first festival in 1988 more than 1000 dancers have danced at the festival and dozens of workshops on dance technique have been offered.  For participants of the festival it is not only an excellent opportunity to learn something new but also to socialize and get acquainted.

The festival born in Kaunas has become the town‘s meaningful tradition that encourages popularity of modern dance and enriches cultural life of Lithuania.  Introducing the newest trends in modern dance and inviting to accept challenges this festival is educating the audiences and develops the understanding of modern dance.  By inviting more and more established masters of dance from different foreign countries, the festival strengthens the image of Lithuania abroad and it develops intercultural exchanges.

 LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

19-th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 2009

BEN J. RIEPE | Germany
MARCEL LEEMANN PHYSICAL DANCE THEATRE | Switzerland
LIUBLIN DANCE THEATRE | Poland
AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
JOHANNES WIELAND  | USA
THEATRE MANANTIALES  | Spain

18-th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 2008

CIE 13 / ROSA MEI | Belgium, Armenia, Belgium, Spain,
Lithuania, Slovakia, Turkey
DANCE WITH FIRE COMPANY UGNIES RATAS | Lithuania
RŪTA NORDMANE / BOOT & BOAT | Latvia
VIRPI PAHKINEN | Sweden
CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY THE SYMPTOMS | Hungary
AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
NADAR ROSANO | Israel
SKAIDRA JANCAITĖ | Lithuania
SIMONA ORINSKA, PUSEH PUSEW | Latvia
COMPAGNIE DRIFT | Switzerland
RHEINSBERG MUSIC ACADEMY | Germany
TAMI DANCE COMPANY / NIMROD FREED | Israel
ALTERNATIVE MUSIC GROUP FUSEDMARC | Lithuania
DJ KUBAS & LIFE PERFOMANCE | Lithuania
POLISH DANCE THEATRE | Poland

17-th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 2007

VYTAUTAS V. JURGUTIS | AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
MEDEA_73 | Spain
ARTS PRINTING HOUSE | LORETA JUODKAITE | TOMAS DOBROVOLSKIS | Lithuania
RONNA ZIV DANCE GROUP | Israel
VYTIS JANKAUSKAS DANCE COMPANY |  Lithuania
KOKORO DANCE | Canada
SYLVIO DUFRAYER DANCE COMPANY | Italy - Brazil
KAMEA DANCE COMPANY | Israel
AE-LAPSUS DANSA | Spain
K.U.B. | Lithuania

16-th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 2006

AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
TCHEKPO DANCE COMPANY | Germany
COMPAGNIE DRIFT | Svitzerland
LEVY DANCE | JAV
OLGA ZITLUHINA DANCE COMPANY | Latvia
SILESIAN DANCE THEATRE | Poland
COMPAGNIE FABIENNE BERGER | Svitzerland
ETXEA: FRÉDÉRIC ETCHEVERRY & GLORIA ARAS | France
NOA DAR DANCE GROUP | Israel
ODED GRAF & YOSSI BERG | Israel

15-th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 2005

LAROQUE DANCE COMPANY | Austria
LUBLIN DANCE THEATRE | Poland
QUASI STELLAR / APOSTOLIA PAPADAMAKI | Greece
KOKORO DANCE | Canada
C.MEDINADANCE | Canada / Austria
AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
W&M PHYSICAL THEATRE | Poland
THE DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET / H.POKROVSKA PROJECT | Netherlands
VELVET / JOANNE LEIGHTON COMPANY | Belgium

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14-th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 2004

LIMON DANCE COMPANY | USA
OLIVE DANCE THEATRE | USA
GROUP MOTION DANCE COMPANY | USA
CHARLES ANDERSON DANCE THEATER X | USA
PAT CREMINS DANCE COMPANY | USA 
BOB EISEN AND AURA DANCE THEATRE | USA / Lithuania
PRINTZ DANCE PROJECT | USA
EDGEWORKS DANCE THEATRE | USA
OLGA ZITLUHINA DANCE COMPANY | Latvia
SALLY-ANNE FRIEDLAND ŠOKIO TRUPĖ | Israel

13-th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 2003

LAROQUE DANCE COMPANY | Austria
VYTIS JANKAUSKAS DANCE COMPANY | Lithuania
AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
TANNO KEN'ICHI | Japan
AURINKOBALETTI | Finland
AJA JUNG | Serbia and Montanegro
CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE ALTER | Poland
CERNA & VANEK DANCE | Czeck republic / Germany
SILESIAN DANCE THEATRE | Poland
FINE 5 DANCE COMPANY | Estonia

12-th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 2002

PERCANTA DANCE COMPANY | Lithuania
ANDRIUS PULKAUNINKAS PHYSICAL / VISUAL THEATRE | Lithuania
AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
FREEMOTION, PANTA REI DANSETEATER | Norway / Great Britain
FEHER FERENC | Hungary
LUBLIN DANCE THEATRE | Poland
FINE 5 DANCE COMPANY | Estonia
DAVID APPEL | USA
RENATE KEERD | Estonia
THE ENSEMBLE GROUP | Scotland
QUADRO CONTEMPORARY DANCE GROUP | Belarus
LAROQUE DANCE COMPANY | Austria
AS2WRISTS DANCE COMPANY | Finland
PAUL IBEY | Canada
CIE 2 IN 1 | Hungary / Austria

11-th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 2001

FLUIDUS DANCE COMPANY | Lithuania
RELEVE DANCE COMPANY | Lithuania
VYTIS JANKAUSKAS DANCE COMPANY | Lithuania
GAMA SCHOOL COMPANY | Lithuania
AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
INCLUSE DANCE THEATRE | Russia
POLISH DANCE THEATRE | Poland
THEATRE OF MODERN BALLET ‘CADANC’ | Russia
ZAGREB DANCE COMPANY | Coratia
SEAN TUAN JOHN & BERT VAN GORP | Great Britain
MONOCHROME CIRCUS DANCE COMPANY | Japan
OHAD FISHOF & RENANA RAZ | Great Britain

10-th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 2000

KATHLEEN QUINLAN AND "LILLA BALETTEN" | Sweden
SILESIAN DANCE THEATRE | Poland
RELEVE DANCE COMPANY | Lithuania
ELISABETH LEA | Great Britain
HASEGAWA ROKU, JAPAN JEDNOTKA | Poland
FINE 5 DANCE COMPANY | Estonia
ITAT PAMEK GROUP | Slovenia
SAKURA II DANCE PROJECT | Japan
BARBARA KRAUS | Austria
AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
MARTIN SONDERKAMP | Germany / Netherlands
AIRA NAGINEVICIUTE PROJECT | Lithuania
ODD JOHAN FRITZOE | Norway
VYTIS JANKAUSKAS DANCE COMPANY | Lithuania
DANCE THEATRE ERI | Finland
URI IVGI DANCE COMPANY | Israel / Netherlands

9-th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 1999

DANCE ENSEMBLE URBAN ELVES | Denmark
JASMINE VARDIMON‘S ZBANG DANCE COMPANY | Great Britain
LAROQUE DANCE COMPANY | Austria
C.D.C. DANCE COMPANY | Malta
GRUPA TANCA WSPO CZESNEGO POLITECNIKI LUBELSKIEJ | Poland
EDITTA BROWN COMPANY | Austria
FLUIDUS | Lithuania
ENDICHE VIS.SAT | Lithuania
AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
PROJECT OF  "LIZ LERMAN DANCE EXCHANGE" AND "AURA DANCE THEATRE" | USA / Lithuania

8-th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 1998

AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
MODERN-CLASSIC DANCE COMPANY "RELEVE" | Lithuania
CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY OF VYTIS JANKAUSKAS | Lithuania
BIRUTE MARCINKEVICIUTE AND CO | Lithuania
GDANSK DANCE THEATRE | Poland
THEATRE DADA VON BZDULOW  | Poland
AtticDANCE | Great Britain
INTERNATIONAL PROJECT OF DISABLED PEOPLE FROM LITHUANIA, KAUNAS YOUTH AND AtticDANCE | Great Britain / Lithuania

7-th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 1997

AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
TAMARA McLORG DANCE | Great Britain
DANCE THEATRE "ALTER" | Poland
DANCE THEATRE "MINI FORTUNAE" | Czech
ANNE KATRINE KALLMOES | Denmark
MODERN DANCE COMPANY "RELEVE" | Lithuania
MODERN DANCE COMPANY "FLUIDUS" | Lithuania
"IUG-SIGN" DANCE | Great Britain

6-th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 1996

AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
THEATRE "PATRZ MI NA UZTA" | Poland
YOUTH MODERN DANCE COMPANY "RELEVE" | Lithuania
ČERNA & VANEK DANCE | Czech - Germany
RUSSIAN CHAMBER BALLET "MOSCOW" | Russia
OLGA ZITLUCHINA MODERN DANCE COMPANY | Latvia
DANCE COMPANY "THREE FROM VILNIUS" | Lithuania

5-th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 1995

AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
CLASICAL AND MODERN DANCE COMPANY "POLĖKIS" ("FLIGHT") | Lithuania
MODERN DANCE COMPANY "FLUIDUS" | Lithuania
DANIELA SPANIOL | France
DANCE ENSEMBLE "MICADO" | Denmark
MODERN DANCE THEATRE "FINE 5" | Estonia

4-th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 1992

AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
CLASICAL AND MODERN DANCE COMPANY "POLĖKIS" ("FLIGHT") | Lithuania
DANCE COMPANY "THREE FROM VILNIUS" | Lithuania
RICOCHET DANCE COMPANY | Great Britain
THE ENSEMBLE | Great Britain
WEST GLAMORGAN'S MALE DANCE DYNION COMPANY | Wales
DANCETELLER COMPANY | USA
DANCE ENSAMBLE "KULLAKETRAJAD" | Estonia

3-rd INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 1991

MODERN DANCE COMPANY "FLUIDUS" | Lithuania
AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
NEW DANCE AND NEW ACOUSTIC MUSIC COMPANY "2+2" | Czechoslovakia
DANCE THEATRE  "NORDIC STAR" | Estonia
ULLA WELITKE DANCE THEATRE | Germany
JAZZ DANCE COMPANY "STEPPING OUT" | Switzerland

2-nd INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 1990

CRACOW DANCE THEATRE | Poland
LITHUANIAN OPERA AND BALLET THEATRE  | Lithuania
CLASICAL AND MODERN DANCE COMPANY "POLĖKIS" ("FLIGHT") | Lithuania
NEW YORK GOH PRODUCTIONS | USA
MODERN DANCE COMPANY "SONATA"  | Lithuania

AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
JEANNE YASKO AND IVAN SVIESTINO | Sweden
MONIKA PALL AND PAUL GSCHWEND | Austria

1-st INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MODERN DANCE 1989 

CRACOW MODERN BALLET COMPANY | Poland
CLASICAL AND MODERN DANCE COMPANY "POLĖKIS" ("FLIGHT") | Lithuania
RIGA DANCE THEATRE | Latvia
MOSCOW RHYTHM PLASTIC GYMNASTICS COMPANY | Russia

MODERN DANCE COMPANY "SONATA"  | Lithuania
AURA DANCE THEATRE | Lithuania
"HETERO" | Estonia
KLAIPEDA MUSICAL THEATRE
 | Lithuania
KAUNAS FREE MOVEMENT COMPANY "DROBĖ" ("LINEN") | Lithuania


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