As a part of their dance/research residency at the Arts Printing House, choreographer Vincent Bozek (FRA) and researcher Simo Vassinen (FIN) open up their work in Vilnius through movement training, open research days and a talk show. The events connect contemporary dance to societal issues and are aimed at both dancers and non-dancers. The aim is to open up a space for discussion between the Vilnius cultural scene and the Berlin-based artists hosted at Arts Printing House.
A) MORNING MOVEMENT TRAINING
July 21–25 (Monday-Friday) at 10:00–12:00, Arts Printing House, Siltadarzio str. 6, Vilnius
Inviting all curious people for a physical morning practice with energizing music (house, soul, electro). Moving the space and moving in it. We focus on linking our thoughts to the body through physical exercises, working together. We place an emphasis on a social body put into movement to start the day.
These morning classes are aimed at all kinds of movers and music lovers. A dance background is not needed, only a curious mind and body. Participation is encouraged for the full five days – please mention if you are not able to participate on a certain day.
Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org / +37065202548 (Gintarė)
Workshop trailer: https://vimeo.com/57637767
B) OPEN RESEARCH
July 22 & 23 (Tuesday & Wednesday) at 13:00- (open end,) Arts Printing House, Siltadarzio str. 6, Vilnius
Two open afternoons to participate in the first steps of the creative process of a new dance piece, ‘Cowboys’. Participants are offered two levels of co-working: a conceptual one and a physical one. The open research afternoons invite local dancers, artists, researchers and any others interested in society to jump in.
Choreographer Vincent Bozek, dancers Orlando Rodriguez, Poliana Lima and Sunniva Egenes and musician Simon Bauer are investigating the problematics of the modern freelancer. Looking for answers and meaning in the big, open cities and online is not unlike the gold rush of the Wild West. Today’s hipster-cowboys also shift between mass and individual, and of human and animal. How can performance transmit this complicated search?
C) TALK SHOW
August 1 (Friday) at 19:00, Arts Printing House, Siltadarzio str. 6, Vilnius
Afternoon drinks with a chat on dance and society.
Researcher Simo Vassinen calls together an afternoon that connects the debates of contemporary dance and society. The Talk Show invites dancers, non-dancers, designers, artists, musicians, journalists and other passersby to have a drink or two, and see how we can address common ideas from different viewpoints.
The question of meaning in society is not limited to one form of arts, analysis or entertainment. Arriving from the noise of Berlin, the Talk Show hosts are faced with many questions about understanding society and finding a place in it, be it through dance or other outputs. The aim of the two-week Vilnius residency is to exchange these thoughts with the local community.
We will see clips from Berlin-based choreographer Vincent Bozek and team’s new piece ‘Cowboys’, which investigates the struggle of today’s young masses as they search for meaning in the big cities and online – building a bridge to the Wild West cowboys with opportunity in their eyes.
The first steps of this choreographic process are mixed with other inserts: how can dance and other arts deal with society and politics with two feet on the ground? What is triggered when we see arts and entertainment, or watch the news? What do cities like Vilnius and Berlin share, and what are more local thoughts? Join us!
Vincent Bozek first studied Humanities and has been working with contemporary dance, choreography and movement research in e.g. Berlin, Madrid, Düsseldorf, Helsinki, Tashkent and Caracas. His new piece ‘Cowboys’ relates through dance and sound the problematics of today’s freelancers looking for answers in the big cities to the troubled pioneers of the Wild West.
Simo Vassinen is a journalist-researcher and performance artist. He has worked for e.g. think tank Demos Helsinki and Monocle magazine. His current interests lie in putting performance, dance and other arts on the same page with journalism, politics and lowbrow culture.
For further questions, you can contact Vincent Bozek (email@example.com) or Simo Vassinen (firstname.lastname@example.org):