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Niels Claes with Gintarė Marija Ščavinskaitė got awarded the Lithuanian stage golden cross as best dancers of Lithuania in 2017 for their performance in the choreography Aside, created for Šeiko dance company.


The dance performance, which has been created out of personal experience, opens up about a sensitive issue in society – bullying and its effects. The Creator emphasises that the imprint of painful experiences remains in memory, body, choices, and eventually becomes an inner prison. The performance reveals the different states that the victim experiences throughout life. The last of these is a reception that can awaken the desire to share experiences and raise public awareness. In the sensitive language of dance, the performer shares those painful experiences and paves the way for reconciliation.


Tik talk is a choreography about the effect of industrialisation on society, as well in agriculture as in relations between people.
It is an interactive performance in which the audience is encouraged to join the conversation of the performers Niels and Gintarė. With a contemporary dance language, influenced by Lithuanian agricultural traditions, they will discuss with the audience the importance of patience, effort and the sense of community. Because doesn’t devoting time and care to something make it more valuable?


The subject of the choreography is the unequal treatment of women. The title comes from the first African woman Wangari Maathai, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She was not a feminist, she was a biologist fighting for equal rights for women.

Inspirations are the book `Rice mother` by the Malaysian writer Rania Manicka which talks about life in a caste society,  the documentary `woman of Islam` which speaks about the fate of women in Islamic countries who can not do the job they want, because religion or current policies do not allow them to do so and the interview and real story of a girl from South Africa who was forced into prostitution and infected with HIV.

“Imagine that you are trapped in a body that does not leave you free to make your own choices. How would you feel? What would you think? “


The dance performance “Aside” delves into the themes of self-expression, the desire to be understood, the search for acceptance and the connection with other environments.  Within the intimate atmosphere of the performance, which forces the dancers to breathe in one rhythm, they open up about the fragile efforts to build human relationships.


Can you imagine life without drinkable water? In a world in which we consume gallons of water a day on personal use and industry, we can barely believe that our water resources are limited. As members of society we are mostly not aware of the consequences of our actions and of the (silent) wars that are happening over water privatisation. The Chinese symbol of water also means control, so it is no wonder that water will become an economic good, the next oil, the next reason for global conflicts.
We are so used to consuming water without doubting the resources. Because of desertation, which is a result of groundwater pumping, we are literally burying ourselves in dry land.
Are you ready for this image to shift into our world? So I dare you to enter a world in which we are on the edge of our water supply. Where we are desperately trying to find a way to make the dry land fertile again, where water companies are fighting over water and where we are using the last drops of sustainable water unwisely only to be left with an empty surface.
Like Oscar Olivera, the factory worker who lead his people to victory against the privatisation of water in Bolivia, quoted: “the only thing that is ours anymore is our water and our air.”