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A DUET

2023

photo by Armand Vivier

In the contemporary Western society, more and more people radicalize their relationship to tradition, either by blindly following it or claiming to annihilate it. An intermediate path does not seem desirable anymore. How does one build on tradition while staying critical towards it?

In A Duet, this tension is exposed through dance. Ballet is the beloved mother and the despised father of the Western concert dance tradition. In the piece, the performers are fighting the classical dance and it fights back. However, the goal of this battle is not to defeat but to elevate each other. Ballet is forcing performers to search for the essence of classical worldview, while the performers are urging it to talk with a voice of current times. Witnessing this infinite battle is the audience who is invited to reflect on their personal and societal role in defending, destroying or neglecting tradition and its relationship to today.

choreographer

Dovydas Strimaitis


dancers

Clara Davidson, Ibai Jimenez


lighting designer

Lisa M. Barry


costume designer

Taylor Wishneff


sound engineer

Maxime Jerry Fraisse


music

Adolphe Adam - No. 20 Allegro feroce (Giselle, London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas)


producer

Domantė Tirylytė


production

Still Waiting (France)

BE Company (Lithuania)


duration

45'


co-producers, support

Financed by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.

Co-produced by Le Ballet National de Marseille – direction (LA)HORDE, Les Espaces Mimont.

Supported by Théâtre de Vanves, Montévidéo, Lithuanian Culture Institute.

upcoming dates

12 07 2024 - Kilowatt Festival (Sansepolcro, IT)

previous dates

30 03 2023 - premiere - ArtDanThé (Paris, FR)

17 09 2023 - Arts Printing House (Vilnius, LT)

09 02 2024 - Baltic Dance Platform (Riga, LV)

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