In the stage of “Yet Another Day in Paradise”, an island of queerness, filled with open reflections, becomes the paradise in the lives of two characters. When reality does not accept you as you are, you start to create a reality of your own. And with that, a daily creative process that is happening all around you and inside of you starts, disassembles, and reorganises focus…
Based on what? Back in your formative years, your relationships and confrontations with the people closest to you led to a feeling of discomfort, of not fitting in, and insecurity. We all remember how easily a simple commentary from aside can affect you: forming and developing your self-consciousness and sense of self-worth from a young age when you don’t really understand the difference between good and bad, what is intended to work only for girls, and what is strictly “boys only”. This Heaven is a shelter that only protects one physically because the echo of emotional experiences doesn’t know any barriers.
This is where the body itself and its sensuality come to the first plan: the physicality of oneself and the others. An accepted and rejected presence, open loneliness and delusive fulfilment in front of the other. Sensitive and poignant stories are told by the bodies. Bodies seeking comfort and becoming themselves, while the surroundings still refuse to accept them and agree with them.
Lukas Karvelis is a Lithuanian freelance dance artist. Upon graduating from Codarts in 2019 on a Jiri Kylian Foundation scholarship, he began working with Marina Mascarell in her work Valley with the Göteborgs Operans Danskompani and later with Anouk van Dijk and Falk Richter in their work TOUCH at the Münich Kammerspiele. He is currently in Dunja Jocic | Bird Productions award-winning work De Panter. Karvelis has also recently collaborated with Dansatelier’s Resident Choreographer Joseph Simon (NL) and with Antonin Comestaz at Korzo Theater (NL). His own choreographic work has received multiple residencies at the Arts Printing House (LT) and he began collaborating with music composers, architects, filmmakers and actors in various countries.
Karvelis has had his work shown in the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Israel, Turkey, Lithuania, Sweden and Italy. He received the second-place prize at the Stuttgart Solo Competition, as well as at the Jerusalem International Dance Week and was nominated for the Piket Kunst Prijs. In his artistic work, Karvelis seeks to find this crucial point at which change occurs within the body as it diverges away from trauma within society and oneself. This point leads to research within the movement as he examines these moments with a curiosity about the past. He is currently linking this movement exploration to the social phenomenon of addiction, correlating to the body and mind. Alongside his work as a performer and choreographer, Karvelis developed a movement exploration practice that examines the motion of free fall, which challenges the mover to feel the freedom from gravity in order to find weightlessness.
Benoit Couchot, born and raised in France, was brought to dancing at the age of 7 with Bask folk dance. His passion for training movement and performing led him to study at and graduate from Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam.
In 2017 his interest in choreographing led him to create his first solo “Mutiko ala Neska” and was awarded “1 st Price Public Choice” and “Final Price Public Choice” at the SoloTanzTheater Festival Stuttgart. “Mutiko ala Neska” toured in Germany, Brazil and various international festivals.
After joining the company TanzMainz and working with choreographers such as Roy Assaf and Victor Quijada, Benoit decided in 2019 to continue his path as a freelance dancer. He currently is touring with works from the company Kor’Sia while being part of various creations across Europe.
Dance performance „Yet Another Day in Paradise“
Concept, choreography – Lukas Karvelis
Dancers – Lukas Karvelis, Benoit Couchot (Prancūzija)
Set design – Luka Žiobakaitė
Music – Gabrielė Dikčiūtė
Dramaturgy – Sigita Ivaškaitė
Lights – Povilas Laurinaitis
Visuals – Aura Skulskytė
Producer – “BE COMPANY” / Domantė Tirylytė