Dovydas Strimaitis (b. 1997) is a Lithuanian contemporary dance artist, living and working between France and Belgium. At the age of 12, Strimaitis started training in various dance styles, including line dancing, show dance, and eventually contemporary dance. In 2015, he enrolled in a dance bachelor's degree program at Codarts (NL). Strimaitis graduated from university in 2019, after completing his internship year with Jitti Chompee, Jan Martens, and Marina Mascarell. From 2019 to 2022, Strimaitis was a dancer at The National Ballet of Marseille, under the direction of La Horde, where he worked with the choreographers Peeping Tom, Alessandro Sciarroni, Lucinda Childs, Lasseindra Ninja, Tânia Carvalho, Oona Doherty, Alexandre Roccoli, and Dalila Belaza among others.
Strimaitis started creating his choreographic oeuvre already at Codarts. During his studies, he presented a solo "Pendulum" (2018) and his graduation piece "Still Waiting" (2018), which received the highest possible evaluation in the university and was presented at Theater Rotterdam in Rotterdam and at Korzo in The Hague. In 2020, a collaboration between him and an Estonian choreographer Maarja Tõnisson, titled "Insula", was presented in the program of MANIFESTA 13 in Marseille. In 2021, Strimaitis directed and choreographed a music video/dance film for Julijona Biveinytė's song "last song". His newest solo "The Art of Making Dances" premiered in July 2021 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
In 2022, Strimaitis' work "Hairy" has been selected among 18 finalists in Danse élargie competition, co-organized by Boris Charmatz and Théâtre de la Ville. The 10-minute version premiered in June 2022 at the Espace Cardin in Paris. A 20-minute version of the piece was part of the young choreographers' platform Danslokaal in the Netherlands, co-produced by Conny Janssen Danst, Dansateliers, and Korzo. This version premiered in October 2022 and was followed by a Dutch tour.
His new work "A Duet" premieres in March 2023 at the festival ArtDanThé in Théatre de Vanves (Paris).
Since 2019, Strimaitis has also been teaching workshops and classes of floorwork, both to professional dancers and dance students (in Lithuania, France, Italy, and Switzerland).
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