Six cities, twelve performances, three festivals and two theatres. Dance performance „Colourful games“ for children of 0-3 years was presented in Ireland on 6-15 July. Dancer Giedrė Subotinaitė and choreographer Birutė Banevičiūtė met young spectators in Ennis Street Arts Festival, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, Earagail Arts Festival in Dunfanagy and Letterkenny as well as in Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire and Garter Lane Theatre in Waterford. This tour was supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture.
After starting 2018 tours in Czech Republic, United States, India and Hong Kong, Dansema has visited Estonia, Ukraine, Poland, China, Singapore and Palestine. This year's Dansema harvest includes performances in 10 countries, 18 cities, 9 international festivals (Festival Solove, IPAY, WeDance, HOOG, Safari Kids Theater Festival, Act3International, KRoki, Prapremier Festival, BIPAF). In total, 59 performances have been shown, which were seen by nearly 4000 spectators. Special visits were in Shanghai and Palestine, where we not only showed performances, but, along with local children, we implemented creative and educational dance projects "Creation of the World". We have shown this performance with 100 students from Shanghai Shangde Experimental School at the Shanghai Children's Art Theater. In Hebron and Jerusalem 40 local children, who had no previous dance experience and live in a tense political situation, participated in the project. This project was organized and supported by the Lithuanian office in Ramallah. Tours in foreign countries were not limited to showing performances. In Estonia, Ukraine, China and Singapore we conducted dance lessons for 8-14 months babies according to the methodology of Dansema artistic director, choreographer, doctor of social sciences Birutė Banevičiūtė, which impressed not only children's parents but also professionals working with children. As a result, Ukrainian choreographers and dance educators developed the idea of publishing the methodology for the early dance development of B. Banevičiūtė in Ukrainian. This project in Ukraine was very successful and received support from newly established Ukrainian Cultural Foundation. Following the methodology of Birutė, Ukrainian artists presented their first self-created dance performance for children.
Dansema did not forget the small spectators in Lithuania, too. Performances were shown 52 times in Vilnius, Kaunas, Šiauliai, Marijampolė. We attended the International Jėga/ Cool Festival of ASSITEJ Lithuania in Šiauliai. We had dance lessons for babies, with performances we visited Vilnius residence of infants with developmental delays. We have started a new cooperation with Kaunas European Capital of Culture. So we are looking forward for 2019 full of new trips and performances.
Dansema international tours are funded by the Lithuanian Culture Council.
Dansema, the pioneer of dance performances for babies in Lithuania, is finishing its season with one more premiere in Lithuania - performance of musical action "Watchmaker". Usually premiering in the capital, this time Dansema invites everyone to their see their newest piece in Kaunas. The performance for babies 5 to 20 months old was inspired by the sounds of the watch mechanism - arrows, gears and alarm.
Little spectators will be greeted by fun movement and sound surprises popping out of the dancer's costume, created by the artist Medilė Šiaulytytė. Babies will be able to become participants of the performance, co-authors of movement and music, created by composer Jurgita Mieželytė as well as to create a collective musical accompaniment for the performance by exploring musical instruments. This is the first performance of this form for babies in Lithuania, also unique because it is a solo performed by a male dancer. Well known contemporary dance performers Mantas Stabačinskas and Marius Pinigis will take turns in creating musical "Watchmaker" action together with babies.
According to Dansema artistic director and choreographer “Watchmaker” Birutė Banevičiūtė, this performance was started to create in the autumn of last year, with the initiative of Kaunas 2022. The team of the European Capital of Culture was seeking to make Kaunas audience more familiar with performing arts for babies, and, together with Dansema, developed creative movement laboratories for babies and their parents. “During our tours, the tickets in Kaunas get sold out very quickly, so we decided to give Kaunas community the joy of the premiere this time. This will be our first premiere outside of Vilnius” - Dansema's choreographer speaks about traveling to the little spectators. The “Watchmaker” will premiere at Kaunas City Chamber Theater on April 14, 11:00, 15:00 and 17:00. Tickets can be purchased via Tiketa. Sponsors of the performance are Kaunas 2022, Vilnius and Kaunas City Municipalities.
Dance theatre Dansema is getting ready for a tour in China for the fifth time. Choreographer Birutė Banevičiūtė and dancers Giedrė Subotinaitė, Indrė Bacevičiūtė and Mantas Stabačinskas will be visiting Shanghai on 4-20 May.
For five years, Dansema has been collaborating with the Shanghai Children Arts Theater where they will have 16 performances the famous Puzzle this year. Five years ago this particular performance was a starting point for Dansema’s collaboration with China, when in 2014 it became a first company ever to perform for babies in China. Together with the two Shanghai schools, Dansema dancers will also carry out a creative-educational project Creation of the World during which dancers with children without any dance experience will create a dance performance within 3 days. The result of the creative process will be the dance performance, in which the children appear together with the dancers, publicly presented on the stage. The project will involve 160 students from Shanghai Shangde International School, to which Dansema has been invited for the second time and 120 pupils from Changyi Elementary Public School.
Dansema team will also have baby dance workshops for babies of 8-14 months, based on the method of early dance education, developed by Birutė Banevičiūtė – pedagogue, choreographer and the artistic director of Dansema
For many years now, summer is not the end of the season and the start of the holidays, but hard work on world-wide tours for dance theatre Dansema. This time the dancers' team visited China and South Korea in May, while in July and August they will spend a month in Japan. Even though this kind of summer sounds exotic, dancers say there are no time to be tourists - the schedule in Asia is packed with over fifty performances and educational activities.
On May 4-20, Dansema visited China. This is already their fifth visit in this country, so dancers are happy to see not only new, but already familiar spectators, who waits for the performances of Dansema every year. Sixteen Puzzle performances for 0-3 year old children were shown at Shanghai Children's Art Theater and five baby dance workshops for 8-14 months were held. The results of the creative-educational dance project “Creation if the World” (choreographer Birutė Banevičiūtė, composer Rasa Dikčienė) with two Shanghai schools were also presented there. During the project more than 130 primary school students without prior dance experience, after three days of creative laboratories danced on a professional theater stage together with Dansema dancers Giedre Subotinaite, Indre Bacevičiūtė, Mantas Stabačinskas. This is the third time this kind of project is done in Shanghai and it seems to be very successful, as more and more schools are willing to participate. Shanghai Children's Art Theater director Liang Xiao Xia and project manager Zhao Yajing, celebrating the high artistic value of Dansema's performances and creative activities, are pleased with the long-term cooperation with Dansema and are already making new plans for the future.
Right after the show in China, Dansema's team traveled to a tour in South Korea, organized thanks to new contacts from PAMS (Performing Arts Market in Seoul) which was visited by Dansema international tour guide Gintare Masteikaitė. Having appeared in five cities in the country, Dansema has become the first Lithuanian company to bring dance performances for children to South Korea. In the Ansan-Art Center, Seongnam Art Center, Hwasung Art Hall and Jeju Arts Center, nine performances of Puzzle were shown, and two baby dance workshops were held in Seoul, followed by seminars for dancers, choreographers and dance educators on methodology for early dance education and performance for babies, developed by BirutėBanevičiūtė, the artistic director of Dansema. For the well-known South Korean dance producer Jang Kwangryul, who organized the tour, dance performances for babies seemed as a challenge at first, as there were no such performances in their country. However, after receiving a number of excellent reviews from the audience, as well as from local dance professionals and theater critics, Dansema has received invitations to return and continue to collaborate. Dansema dancers Indrė Bacevičiūtė, Mantas Stabačinskas and Marius Pinigis not only danced for children in South Korea, but also improvised at Jeju International Dance Forum and Jeju International Improvisation Dance Festival together with local musicians at Jeju Sculpture Park and Light Festival Light Art Flash.
Dancers who have returned to Lithuania, but they will be packing their suitcases again soon - the Asian tour financed by the Lithuanian Culture Council will end with a month in Japan. From 17thof July till 15thof August the Dansema team will perform in five Japanese cities with
the performance Puzzle. Twenty performances are planned in Fukuoka, Kawasaki, Shizuoka, Kyoto and Okinawa. This tour in Japan was initiated by the organizers of the International Children's Theaters Festival Ricca Ricca Festa after Dansema participated in this festival in 2017, after being invited to perform during Edinburg Fringe Festival.
Birutė Banevičiūtė, art director and choreographer of one of the most traveling Lithuanian teatres’ says that tours abroad are not only an opportunity for dancers to make a living - Dansema's activities in the field of dance and culture education also serve to spread Lithuanian culture in the world in general: "Sometimes, it is education in a literal way, because the expression on the faces of the audience, when they receive a response from what country is Dansema, shows that not everyone knows where Lithuania is. In some venues where Dansema performs, audience and sometimes even artists or art managers are surprised that such distinctive and rare art production - dance performances for children - are so qualitatively created "somewhere in a small country in Europe". Particularly in Asia there was an appreciation of European culture, as Dansema was presented as a guest star in festivals and theaters where it performed. Funding for Dansema tours abroad by the Lithuanian Council of Culture in recent years shows that executives of cultural policy implementation and culture management understand that even small-scale performances for children, which are created and performed qualitatively, can make a significant contribution in forming of a positive image of Lithuanian culture in the world.
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