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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.

choreographer and author

Dovydas Strimaitis


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

soundtrack by

Julijona Biveinytė


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

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

lighting designer

Lisa M. Barry

costume idea

Dovydas Strimaitis




30 04 2024 at New Baltic Dance festival, Vilnius (LT)

coproducers, support

Coproduced by Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), New Baltic Dance, Agora - Montpellier Danse.

In collaboration with AMAT for RAM.

Supported by Tanzhaus Zürich, Compagnie Samuel Mathieu - festival NeufNeuf, le SPEDIDAM, l'ADAMI.

With support of the patronage of La Caisse des Dépôts.

upcoming dates

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

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

previous dates

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