By Nigar Orujova
YARAT Contemporary Art Space presents this time a dance performance entitled “Contemporary?” produced by Lithuanian artists in Baku.
The Lithuanian dance piece consisting of Mantas Stabacinskas, Agne Ramanauskaite and Paulius Tamole who were previously awarded the Golden Stage Cross (2013), will dance at the Azerbaijan State Russian Drama Theatre on April 14.
Agne Ramanauskaite will also hold a dance workshop on April 15.
The 60-minute work, first shown at the Arts Printing House in 2013, explores the Lithuanian contemporary dance scene, looking inwardly at the process of dance, choreography and staging.
Through a humorous and physical performance, Contemporary? asks the audience what contemporary dance is today, what staging is necessary and, with a sense of self irony, whether or not the audience needs to understand the piece?
The work is envisioned, choreographed and performed by Mantas Stabacinskas, a celebrated Lithuanian dancer and choreographer who has created over thirty roles over his sixteen-year career; Agne Ramanauskaite, a Lithuanian dancer, actor and teacher who trained at The Lithuanian Theatre and Music Academy; and Paulius Tamole, a Lithuanian dancer and actor, nominated for the theater award of Best Young Artist of the Year, 2010.
The performance has previously toured numerous countries including Germany and Estonia.
The dance workshop on April 15 will focus on the development of a natural and spontaneous sense of movement, using contemporary techniques to create a diverse dance vocabulary.
The performance will take place at 7:00 p.m., the workshop is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Tickets for the performance are available at the box office of the Russian Drama Theatre. Admission for the workshop is free for professional dancers and actors - for all information contact email@example.com.
Not-for-profit art organisation YARAT is based in Baku, Azerbaijan. Founded by Aida Mahmudova and a group of artists in 2011, the organization is dedicated to the nurturing an understanding of contemporary art in Azerbaijan and to the creation of a platform for Azerbaijani art, both nationally and internationally.
To date, YARAT has commissioned over 120 projects, the majority of which have been in Baku. Education is at the heart of YARAT’s work - it holds artist residencies, workshops, lectures and screenings.
Nigar Orujova is AzerNews’s staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @o_nigar
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