Menų spaustuvė – CONTEMPORARY?

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Arts Printing House – Venue for Performing Arts and Production House | Lithuania
Agnė Ramanauskaitė, Paulius Tamolė, Mantas Stabačinskas

This is probably the first time in Lithuania that three artists have together created a performance looking suchlike at the own contemporary dance scene. Contemporary? is focusing most ironically on the processes of dance production parodying cliché movements, phrases, even costume details. What does a contemporary dance piece consist of? What does it talk about? Which objects are necessary and which are optional? Does the audience understand what it is all about? Do we need to explain the meaning of the piece to the audience? The answer is: just do it.

The performance – resulting from the Open Stage program for young artists, hosted by Arts Printing House (Lithuania) – received the Golden Stage Cross Award in the category Performing Arts Phenomenon for 2013.

Idea, choreography and performance: Agne Ramanauskaite, Paulius Tamole, Mantas Stabacinskas
Dramaturgy: Sigita Ivaskaite
Lighting design: Povilas Laurinaitis
Production: Arts Printing House – Venue for Performing Arts and Production House | Lithuania
Duration: 50 min.
Premiere: 2013

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Dancer, actor and teacher Agnė Ramanauskaitė graduated 2009 from the Lithuanian Theatre and Music Academy with a MA in acting-contemporary dance. Since then she participated in various dance trainings and kept improving her professional skills in different workshops. As actor and dancer Ramanauskaitė has been working with many acclaimed theatre directors (such as Oskaras Koršunovas, Jonas Vaitkus, Agnius Jankevičius) and choreographers (Vytis Jankauskas, Aira Naginevičiūtė, Jérôme Meyer) and appeared in more than 25 roles on different stages in Lithuania and abroad.

Dancer and a well-known Lithuanian theatre and television actor, Paulius Tamolė began his professional acting career at the National Drama Theatre (Lithuania) in 2005. Since then he appeared in over ten roles on different stages and has collaborated with acclaimed theatre directors such as Jonas Vaitkus, Oskaras Koršunovas, Jana Ross and others. In 2008 he was nominated for the Best Young Artist award of the year. 2009 Tamolė graduated from Lithuanian Theatre and Music Academy with a MA in Acting-Contemporary Dance. With the piece Contemporary? he debuted as a choreographer.

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Mantas Stabacinskas is one of the most famous Lithuanian dancers, a teacher and a choreographer. During the almost sixteen years of his professional career, Stabačinskas has created over 30 roles and has collaborated with many different choreographers from all over the world. For eleven years he worked as part of Aura Dance Theatre (Lithuania), participated in various dance trainings and kept improving his professional skills in different workshops in Lithuania and abroad. In 2013 Stabačinskas graduated from the Lithuanian University of Educational Science with a BA in dance education and completed a Dance Course at Kris Cangelosi Dance Company (USA). The same year, Stabačinskas created memorable roles in the contemporary dance pieces Box Melancholique, 1863 and W(o)men. For these roles he received the Golden Stage Cross as the Best Dancer for Year 2013 and the Fortuna award for Best Dance. In 2014 Stabačinskas debuted as a freelance choreographer with the dance piece ID: D&G together with Marius Pinigis.