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Dimitrij Matvejev

Hair is one of the few parts of the human body that one cannot move voluntarily and directly. For the most of dance history this has been a nuisance for choreographers, as control of one’s movements is primordial in dance training. To venture into creating a choreography for hair, is to venture into a battle between chaos and order. Loose hair has been a symbol of freedom, liberation and carelessness. These values and aesthetics of released hair have accompanied both revolutionary choreographers, such as Isadora Duncan or Pina Bausch, and various subcultures, such as head banging in metal scene or hair-whipping in ballroom scene. In Hairy, rich historical and social background that hair movement carries within itself is combined with the tensions of choreographing involuntary movement, controlling the uncontrollable. This, together with Strimaitis’ devotion to minimalism and formalism, bears a multilayered choreographic and visual experience marked with counterpoints not only in timing and space, but also in conceptual and historical narratives.

For the short versions of the piece, please refer to Hairy 1.0 / Hairy 2.0 / Hairy 3.0.


Dovydas Strimaitis


Dovydas Strimaitis with the dancers


Line Losfelt Branchereau, Benoît Couchot, Lucrezia Nardone, Hanna-May Porlon


original composition by Julijona Biveinytė,

Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 4 played by Yo-Yo Ma,

Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 played by Jean-Guihen Queyras


Lisa M. Barry



co-producers, support

Co-produced by Théâtre de la Ville (Paris); New Baltic Dance Festival; Montpellier Danse as part of residency at the Agora, cité internationale de la danse, with the support of the Fondation BNP Paribas; NEUFNEUF Festival.

In collaboration with AMAT for RAM.

Supported by Tanzhaus Zürich; la SPEDIDAM, société de perception et de distribution qui gère les droits des artistes-interprètes en matière d’enregistrement, de diffusion et de réutilisation des prestations enregistrées; l'ADAMI.

With the support of Caisse des Dépôts.

upcoming dates

04-05 10 2024 - Festival actoral (Marseille, FR)

10-12 10 2024 - Théâtre de la Ville (Paris, FR)

15 10 2024 - Espace 1789 (St Ouen, FR)

previous dates

19 04 2024 - pre-premiere - Teatro Sperimentale (Pesaro, IT)

30 04 2024 - premiere - New Baltic Dance (Vilnius, LT)

12 05 2024 - One Dance festival (Plovdiv, BG)

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