I want to have your eyes,
to be sweet to you,
to dance like you.
To caress myself with your eyes.
HOW MUCH DOES YOUR SKIN COST?
“Hallmark” – is a fun story about a half-spider half-human, half-squirrel half-human, their hidden sides and real faces. Four dancers tell a story about a person’s desire to be better, about human nature and masks, which we use to hide ourselves behind when the situation gets uncomfortable. The depicted situations are comical and sad, ironic and fun, and it makes you see yourself in a different light and measure the degree of your realness – the degree of your honesty.
“The amount of gold that is in a piece of jewelry is embossed on its inner side. In order to see the amount of goodness, warmth and love in people, you have to see the different sides of their personalities, take the mask off of them.” – says Gytis Ivanauskas, as he expresses the main idea of the play.
It is nice to look at the playfulness between the plasticity and acting skills of the four people dancing on a stage. The play includes many situations that make the audience laugh as they are very fun, and cry, since they can see themselves in those silly circumstances. Everything is looked upon with irony and subtle sense of humor.
The stage is divided into two parts – one shows what happens here and now, the other encompasses the real life and the real nature of a person. The duration of the play is one hour. During this time, the audience hears the music by Ennio Morricone, Guido, Maurizio de Angelis, Edvarg Grieg, and even traditional music of the Indians. The costumes that remind of the seventies are created by Indrė Kavaliauskaitė, and the scenography is created by the actor. It is the play of movement and relations; there is, however, not much of “real” dancing, because the choreographer is more interested in the boundary between theatre and dance: when does the movement become theatre and when does it turn to dance…
“Hallmark” – it is the first play by Gytis Ivanauskas Theatre; its premiere took place on 11 September, 2005. The first version of the play, which was successfully showed at the festival “The New Baltic dance ‘05”, was created in collaboration with Lithuanian Information Center of Dance. The play was produced by Kaunas State Drama Theatre, but in 2006 it was taken over so the play could be independently shown in Lithuania and foreign countries.
With the debut performance „Hallmark“ Gytis Ivanauskas Theater was recognized as the „Best new theater“.
A play of one part Hallmark
Choreographer Gytis Ivanauskas
Dancers Brigita Urbietytė, Edita Užaitė, Evaldas Taujanskis, Gytis Ivanauskas
Costume designer Indrė Ivanauskaitė
Premiere September 11, 2005