Dance Performance “HANDS UP”
“What kind of Protest Baby will we raise? Will it be a symbol of freedom or aggression? We have less and less time to choose.”
HANDS UP is a physical body position reflected in many different cultural, social and religious contexts. The chosen topic is a protest culture. “The embodied protest” is the result of an artistic research. In Lithuania, protests are identified with the strongly romanticized era of the Reform Movement but in the context of recent world events, from a sociological perspective, it is worth questioning the notion of protest culture as a virtue in itself. Non-constructive protest is a convenient form for anarchy to take root. A dance performance inspired by the protest culture examines the fragile distance between surrender and devotion, reconciliation and resistance. Raising such questions as: what kind of Protest Baby will we raise? Will it be a symbol of freedom or aggression? This is a research in which only one truth and one answer do not exist here.
“Hello, I’m Agniete and I invite you all to raise your hands up.”
Agniete Lisickinaitee, Bush Hartsorn, Morta Nakaite, Odeta Ryskute.
Premiere: Autumn 2021