photo by Robin Plus

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.

The piece exists in two versions: a 10-minute trio called HAIRY, and a 20-minute solo called HAIRY 2.0.

choreographer and author

Dovydas Strimaitis


Benoît Couchot, Hanna-May Porlon, Dovydas Strimaitis

soundtrack by

Julijona Biveinytė;

The Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 4 played by Yo-Yo Ma is used in the piece

lighting designer

Lisa M. Barry

costume advice

Salomé Poloudenny




25 06 2022 at Danse élargie, Espace Cardin, Paris (FR)

supported by

Lithuanian Dance Information Center, Le Ballet National de Marseille – direction (LA)HORDE, Théâtre de Vanves – Scène conventionnée d’intérêt national « Art et création ».

upcoming dates


01 10 2022 - premiere Nederlandse Dansdagen, Kumulus Theaterzaal (Maastricht, NL)

06-09 + 13-16 10 2022 - Huis Conny Janssen Danst (Rotterdam, NL)

19-21 10 2022 - Verkadefabriek (Den Bosch, NL)

26-27 10 2022 - De Schuur (Haarlem, NL)

28-29 10 2022 - Theater Bellevue (Amsterdam, NL)

03-04 11 2022 - Stadsschouwburg (Utrecht, NL)

05-06 11 2022 - TR Schouwburg (Rotterdam, NL)

11 11 2022 - Posthuis Theater (Heerenveen, NL)

12-13 11 2022 - Korzo (The Hague, NL)

more info and tickets

previous dates


25-26 06 2022 - premiere - Danse élargie, Espace Cardin (Paris, FR)