The inspiration for the Lithuanian choreography is the elemental past and its reflections in the people of today. Meanwhile, Panta Rei takes its inspiration from the interpretation of Godos as the song of the heart. The performance is a part of the EEA project funded by the Norwegian Arts Council and the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture.
What is the importance of history to any individual? How does the past shape our identity? “Godos”, considered to be a Lithuanian feminine narrative, takes one of the starting points in this double bill dance performance. Godos is an old Lithuanian word that is usually defined as “wistful dreams”, hopes, nostalgic thoughts and unfulfilled expectations. What does Godos mean today and how do we experience Godos?
The inspiration for the Lithuanian choreography is the elemental past and its reflections in the people of today. Meanwhile, Panta Rei takes its inspiration from the interpretation of Godos as the song of the heart.
As a part of the EEA collaboration between Panta Rei Danseteater and AURA Dance Theatre in Lithuania, GODOS is now under development and will be premiering in February 2016.
For the first time, the international theatre festival in Rokiškis in Lithuania gave the award for best stage productions to a dance performance. GODOS was created as part of the EEA project by AURA Dance Theatre (LT) and Panta Rei Dance Theatre (N) won the award this year!
AURA DANCE THEATRE
AURA Dance Theatre promotes the expression of contemporary dance in Lithuania. Dance studio Aura, which was established by Birutė Letukaitė in 1980, was registered as Kaunas City Theatre in 1995. Over the years the company has created and shaped the face of Lithuanian contemporary dance and trained a great number of professional dancers.
AURA is constantly working on various international projects, collaborates with foreign and Lithuanian choreographers and artists from various creative fields. International dance festival “Aura”, has been organised in Kaunas for 25 years, has become an integral part of the city’s cultural landscape. AURA represents Lithuanian contemporary dance in many foreign countries and constantly shares innovative ideas with the dance world.
PANTA REI DANCE THEATRE
Panta Rei Dance Theatre (PRD) is based in Oslo, Norway. The company is known for its fast paced and colourful dance theatre performances accessible to a wide audience. PRD has an extensive outreach program while continually engaging in audience development projects while on tour. The Artistic director, Anne Ekenes, established Panta Rei Dance Theatre in 2000.
Panta Rei Dance Theatre´s productions go right to the heart of pressing social and personal issues. GODOS is no exception, offering a view on women as the gatekeepers of the soul. Furthermore the collaboration with AURA allows for the artistic expression of PRD to develop in juxtaposition to, and in dialog with, Lithuanian culture.