21, 22 of July, 20:00, MO Museum, the Terrace
Šeiko Dance Company (Lithuania)
Artistic director: Agnija Šeiko
Idea, choreography, dance: Niels Claes
Music: Andrius Stakelė, Karolina Mikutaitė
Costume design: Polina Nimrea
Light design: Aurelijus Davidavičius, Stasys Jamantas
Set design: Niels Claes, Giedrė Brazytė
Production team: Marius Lukošius, Darius Berulis, Greta Seiliūtė, Austėja Laurinavičiūtė, Edita Aliochno
Producer: Goda Giedraitytė
Inspired by personal experience, this solo dance performance focuses on a sensitive societal issue: bullying and its effects. The author of the performance highlights how the imprints of the painful experiences remain in our memory, our body, and are reflected in the choices we make, eventually becoming our inner prison. The performance reveals the different states of the body and mind that the victims experience during their life. The last of these states is acceptance, which can awaken a desire to share the experiences by raising public awareness about bullying. In the sensitive language of dance, the performer (en)tangles his painful experiences from the past and offers the opportunity for reconciliation.
Niels Claes is a graduate from the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg, the Netherlands. He worked for Project Sally (NL), Dansgroep Amsterdam (NL), Polish Dance Theatre (PL), Aura Dance Theatre (LT) and La_trottier dance collective (DE). Currently he is a dancer for Šeiko dance company in Klaipėda, Lithuania. He has had the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers like Andonis Foniadakis, Jo Strømgren and Palle Granhoj. He was a teacher at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2017–2018 and he has been invited to teach at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art since 2017. He created the choreographies “Maathai” (Polish Dance Theatre), “Thirst” (Aura Dance Theatre), “Aside”, “Marked” (Šeiko Dance Company) and “They like” (National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art). Claes was awarded the highest theatre award in Lithuania, “The Golden Stage Cross” as a dancer of the year twice: 2017 and 2020.