2, 3 of July 7 PM and 7:40 PM
National Gallery of Art

The Art of Making Dances | premiere
Dovydas Strimaitis (Lithuania)

Concept, choreography, interpretation: Dovydas Strimaitis
Soundtrack: Gedas Mekšriūnas
Partially funded by Lithuanian Council for Culture
Duration: 35‘

“…the importance of subject matter is paramount mostly for the choreographer. <…> For the audience it often makes very little difference what a dance is about…” (Doris Humphrey in The Art of Making Dances)

Very often, such dynamic forms of art as dance, do not leave any space for contemplation during the moment of observation, which is usually reserved for the process that follows seeing the work. What is special about such static forms of art as a painting or a sculpture, is the possibility of getting new insights about the work over and over again every time one sees it. And even though an attempt to combine a dynamic art form with the possibility to observe it as a static one is always destined to fail, it is a valuable one nonetheless. 

This solo performance is based on multiple repetitions of a single movement phrase. Each repetition of the phrase builds up its richness and complexity by imperceptible changes to the preceding repetition. Thus, one long movement phrase is created, which seems to be the same every time, yet evolves considerably from the beginning to the end of the performance without actually having an instant of time where one could pinpoint the change. Together with a persistent and trance-inducing soundtrack composed by Lithuanian artist Gedas Mekšriūnas, this solo is an antidote to the multitude of stimuli that we are surrounded by in the world that leaves no space and no time for slowing down.

Dovydas Strimaitis (b. 1997) is a Lithuanian contemporary dance artist, living and working in Marseille (France). Strimaitis started dancing in Lithuania at the age of 12. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in the bachelor of dance degree program at Codarts university in the Netherlands. During his studies there, he worked with famous and up-and-coming choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Cayetano Soto, Joost Vrouenraets, Jarek Cemerek, and Alleyne Dance. Strimaitis’s graduation dance piece “Still Waiting” (2018) received the highest possible evaluation at the university, and was presented at the Rotterdamse Schouwburg in Rotterdam and at the Korzo Theater in The Hague. Strimaitis did his internship with Jitti Chompee’s 18 Monkeys Dance Theater (Thailand), with Jan Martens for “Pretty Perfect”, and with Marina Mascarell in Gothenburg Opera’s Dance Company. Since 2019, Strimaitis is a dancer at Le Ballet National de Marseille, under the directorship of La Horde, where he has worked with choreographers La Horde, Alessandro Sciarroni, Lucinda Childs, Lasseindra Ninja, Tânia Carvalho and Oona Doherty.