Dance & live cello music performance based on Maurice Ravel’s Boléro

Choreographer Palle Granhøj (Denmark)
Šeiko Dance Company:
Darius Berulis, Dovilė Binkauskaitė, Niels Claes, Mantas Černeckas, Marija Ivaškevičiūtė, Aušra Krasauskaitė, Marius Pinigis, Gintarė Marija Ščavinskaitė, Erikas Žilaitis
Klaipėda Cello Octet: Mindaugas Bačkus, Arnas Kmieliauskas, Marius Sakavičius, Karolis Vaičiulis, a. o.
Sound director Kastytis Narmontas
Lighting designer Stasys Jamantas
A co-production between Granhøj Dans (Denmark), Šeiko Dance Company, and
International Klaipėda Cello Festival and Competition
In association with: Klaipėda Concert Hall

Duration: 1 h (without intermission)

The world premier – first ever 1 hour duration „Boléro” – contemporary dance and live music performance.

The idea of Mindaugas Bačkus, the initiator of International Klaipėda Cello Festival and Competition, to perform one of the most famous orchestral works “Boléro” by French composer Maurice Ravel only with cellos, has transformed to a unique dance and live music performance thanks to the long-standing cooperation with Šeiko Dance Company. Renown Danish choreographer Palle Granhøj has been invited to create choreography for the performance. His choreographic compositions list a number of pieces, combining classical music & contemporary dance, such as “Rite of Spring” (I. Stravinsky), “2men2mahler” and “Men & Mahler” on G. Mahler’s music, etc.

Special P. Granhøj’s obstruction technique, limiting movements and creating a specific repetitive motion for the dancers, based on the rhythm of “Boléro”, will be used in the performance. Originally deconstructed music performed by one or eight cellos sounds unexpectedly and modern. Stage set solution surprises as well: usual theatre composition when the orchestra is seated in orchestra pit and dancers are performing on the stage is put upside down…

Klaipeda cello octet is an ensemble created from Klaipėda cello quartet, which debuted at the Klaipėda Cello Festival in 2017. Then together with Šeiko Dance Company collective presented dance and music performance “Seasons”, after which another cello and dance project – “My Peter Pan” – has followed. Mindaugas Bačkus is the one who initiated formation of cello ensembles. He is one of the most intensively performing cello artists and artistic director of Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, whose musical interests are remarkably vast: from baroque to modern opuses, from traditional cello sound to experiments and participation in theatre projects.

Šeiko Dance Company – dance professionals working in the contemporary dance field creating dance and music performances, immersive theatre, site-specific performances, promenade performances, dance education projects and theatre laboratories. The highest professional theatre scene awards winners, who have been working as a company in Klaipėda for six years and has expanded their geography to many countries abroad. It already toured in USA, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Norway, Denmark, Russia, China, Iceland, Ukraine, Israel, Bulgaria, etc. We speak the universal language of dance, unrestricted by any censorship or political, cultural, ethnic, religious or social boundaries. Artistic director of the company – choreographer Agnija Šeiko is recognizable for her interdisciplinary approach, distinctive aesthetics, sensitive social topics and the variety of forms.

Granhøj Dans is an internationally acknowledged dance company based in Denmark. The productions of Granhøj Dans are created by the company’s artistic director and choreographer Palle Granhøj, in close co-operation with the dancers. The starting point of every production is the Obstruction Technique developed by P. Granhøj, and which has made possible the creation of about 36 original works in the last 30 years. Based on the above-named working method, the choreographer reshapes the movements of the performers by means of hindering actions, revealing inner layers of their personality in the process, thus turning the spotlight on human condition. Rather than showing dancers and choreographies on stage, Palle Granhøj wants to present men and women as they are: genuine, alive – and complex. The works of Palle Granhøj has so far been presented in 49 different countries.

Organizer: Klaipėda Concert Hall