What does it mean to you to be one of the choreographers in DANSLOKAAL? Dovydas: Being one of the choreographers in DANSLOKAAL 10 is first and foremost a huge show of trust. While I believe strongly in my work, as a young, emerging artist, I have many questions and uncertainties. The invitation from Dansateliers and the trust that they put in me are highly encouraging and help me to push through in the moments of doubt. The trust implies responsibility and inevitably puts some pressure, however the environment during the creation process was very welcoming and supportive, so I felt free to experiment, fail, and recover.
What is it like to work with the dancers of Conny Janssen Danst?
Dovydas: Creating in DANSLOKAAL was the first time I worked with dancers that I did not know personally beforehand. This was a novelty and a challenge to me as I had to learn how to articulate my ideas even more clearly, how to prepare dancers’ bodies and minds for the work I create, and how to deal with the unpredictable. However, all that made me acquire skills that are essential for a choreographer. My hope is that the dancers learned from working with me as much as I learned from working with them.
Can you tell briefly what the people can expect when they watch your piece in DANSLOKAAL? Dovydas: I hope that after seeing my work, audiences will first of all, get to know me as a maker and dancers as artists, and secondly, get to know themselves through the artistic lense that I propose. Artistic experience is always a conversation, never a monologue, so audiences should expect to question what the dancers and I made, and not be passive observers of our statements.