Dear Lithuania is a solo dance performance developed during Open Space, a program for young stage artist initiated by Arts Printing House, Vilnius. During 2012-2013 4 versions of the performance were created and presented across Lithuania: Dear Lithuania 01, II, II acappella and II & epilogue.
The concept is inspired by a patriotic Lithuanian song by the same name which uses words from a poem by a well known local poet - Maironis. The artist explores the very notion of patriotism, it's symbolism and it's possible contemporary manifestation in the contexts of political events such the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania in 1990, the first gay parade in Vilnius in 2010 among others.
Throughout the performance the viewer is being taken through a time line of cultural and political artifacts, from romantic idealism, sentimental folklore to aggressive homophobic and racist demonstrations -- all presented by the changing identity of the performer who inhabits public figures such as - Maironis, Baudelaire, Mowgli, professor Egidijus Aleksandravičius among others.
New Baltic Dance 12' festival, Vilnius, 2012.
Arts Printing House, Vilnius, 2012-2013
International Media Festival ENTER, Šiauliai Art Gallery, Lithuania, 2013.
VDU Theatre, Kaunas, Lithuania 2013.
Concept, choreography, performing: Austėja Vilkaitytė
Music: Julija Demidova, Danuy Cunanbey
Curator: Birutė Banavičiūtė
Posters: Antanas Dubra
Photography: Raminta Bučiūtė
Costume: Sandra Bučiūtė
Set design: Austėja Vilkaitytė
Video material / sound: Interview with prof. E.Aleksandravičius from TV program Alchemija, video “Mūsų Maironis”, gay parade 2010 and other videos from fan demonstrations.
Translation: Jelena Ura
Conducting assistant: Bronė Levišienė
Performance features choreographic bits from 2006 performance 'Dear Lithuania' by dance company AURA.