Contemporary dance performance „Blank Spots“ / Lukas Karvelis
Choreography and performance: Lukas Karvelis
Music: Adrian Crespo Barba
Lights design: Edagaras Varkulevičius
Supported by: Lietuvos kultūros taryba, Lithuanian Dance Information Centre, Stuttgart Solo Competition,
International Jerusalem Dance Week MASH Choreographic competition
Location: Small hall of Klaipeda Drama theatre (Teatro g. 2)
Duration: 60 min
Lukas Karvelis | Blank Spots from Lithuanian Dance on Vimeo.
Blank Spots is a solo performance that deals with personal and collective identities. The performance consists of two parts which both challenge and complement each other. The first part features Lukas Karvelis’ alter ego Trisha which is a vulgar, extravagant individual constantly (re)inventing itself. Meanwhile, the second part inspired by Lithuanian folk culture and archetypes scrutinizes the collective identity often believed to be “given”. To what extent do we invent ourselves or to what extent are we mere beings – a product of our individual circumstances and collective context?
L. Karvelis won 2nd place for the choreography and 1st place in the video category for the dance performance "Blank Spots" in 2018 at the Solo-Tanz competition in Stuttgart. In 2019, this work won 2nd place at Jerusalem Dance Week.
Composition from dance performance „Present Time“ / Lukas Karvelis, Šeiko dance company
Choreography: Lukas Karvelis
Performance: Oksana Griaznova, Inga Kuznecova, Gintarė Marija Ščavinskaitė / Šeiko šokio teatras
Theater artistic director: Agnija Šeiko
Composer: Loreta Narvilaitė
Lights designer: Aurelijus Davidavičius
Producer: Goda Giedraitytė
Partner: Klaipėdos koncertų salė
Supported by: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Klaipeda City Municipality
The present tense becomes a thing of the past at every second, but the time of human life, philosophically speaking, remains the present, living through us until the very end. This collage of music and dance is a map of contemporary Lithuanian music and dance, revealing the time experiences of five composers and five choreographers in relation to the present. Last year was especially successful for Lithuanian female artists, who were recognized as the best worldwide in the art category they represented. It was their success that inspired the idea of bringing together the artists of contemporary music and dance in a single project that presents their work to a wider audience. The mood of the project is complemented by two men, a composer and a choreographer, who work and create for women, in this way dissolving traditional gender stereotypes.
Lukas Karvelis (1997), dancer and choreographer, studied at M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts and Codarts Rotterdam - University for the Arts, where he received BA degree. Today L. Karvelis has already worked with well known choreographers such as Anouk Van Dijk, Marina Mascarell, Dunja Jocic, Falk Richter, Antonin Comestaz. He has been touring in the Netherlands, Israel, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, Sweden, Brazil, Germany, Turkey and Lithuania. In 2020, Lukas Karvelis was nominated as the best dancer in the Young artist competition Piket Kunst Prijs in the Netherlands.
Photo: Vojtěch Brtnický