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Under the Skin

Rhythm, pulsation, cocoons of light, architecture of body and nature – this is how the unique Lithuanian region, the Curonian Spit, and the fragility of its life are revealed in the film by French choreographer Mathilde Monfreux, video artist Trécy Afonso and dancers of Šeiko Dance Company. Here the synthesis of the dancing body and natural form turns their hidden connections into visible architectural shapes as if lifting the veil of Maya to reveal fragile interdependence between man and the world where each element undoubtedly affects the whole system. Subtle and organic approach of the French creators immerses the viewer in the poetic flow of nature and dance. This piece is another creation of the French-Lithuanian creative cooperation program KlaipėDAnse, which has been taking place since 2017.

Il y a bien un sens au monde dans lequel nous vivons*
Un rythme
Une orientation
Une pulsation
De la forêt au sable
Du sable à la mer

Il y a bien un rythme, une pulsation, sous la peau du monde.
De la source à la mer
Du cocon à la lumière

Mais peut être que nous ne tournons pas dans le sens dans lequel nous pensons tourner et
Que le sens de rotation du monde n’est pas celui du sensible.

Est-ce que ça a à voir avec la question du retour?*
Où est -ce que ça va à voir avec la vibration de notre peau?
Surface d’équilibre et surface d’échange des jeux de tension et pression
entre nos viscères et les nuages?
entre nous et les autres?
entre nous et le monde?
Mathilde Monfreux

*Text adapted from Croire aux fauves by Nastassja Martin

“Probably the most beautiful moment of the whole [New Baltic Dance] festival program is the fabric moved by the wind stretched throughout the frame constantly covering and revealing the sea with all its perspective. So excruciatingly beautiful and at the same time so unbearable, because it hides something almost most important and otherwise uncoverable – the horizon.”
Dovilė Zavedskaitė, theater critic, dramaturgist, writer

“Under the Skin” has some kind of calming effect.”
Laura Šimkutė

“Under the skin” spreads pure poetics.”
Silvija Čižaitė-Rudokienė art critic, dance critic

KlaipėdaDAnse is a Lithuanian-French contemporary dance artistic, educational and university cooperation program, implemented since 2017, which aims to strengthen cultural cooperation between the countries.
More information click here.

Trécy Afonso, Mathilde Monfreux
Mathilde Monfreux
Agnija Šeiko, Inga Kuznecova, Dovilė Binkauskaitė, Marija Ivaškevičiūtė, Mantas Černeckas, Olga Gerasimova, Madeleine Jefferson, Ugnius Motiejūnas, Laurynas Krasauskas, Mathilde Monfreux
Camera operator and editor:
Trécy Afonso
Raphaële Dupire
Artistic director:
Agnija Šeiko
Production team:
Edita Aliochno, Aurelijus Davidavičius, Goda Giedraitytė, Austėja Laurinavičiūtė, Greta Seiliūtė, Agnija Šeiko
Coproducers, financed by:
French Embassy in Lithuania, French Institute in Lithuania, Lithuanian Culture Council, Klaipeda City Municipality
Thanks to:
Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie - Alban Richard
Premiered in:
24 min

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