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"ABOUT SHADOWS"
There is something surprisingly magical in shadows.
Each three-dimensional object has a shadow when it illuminates.
A shadow does not exist without an object. A shadow cannot exist without light.
In many cultures, the shadow is a symbol of the invisible, the dark side of reality. It makes us afraid, awakens our imagination, inspires us to interpret what we see. It promises a wide range of emotions from horror to delight, recognition of the unknown and invisible, immersion, and exposure.
Our feelings are sharpened in the shadows, in the twilight, in the depths of unconsciousness.
The ancient Greeks were well ahead of us in some ways in verbalizing paradoxes. Twenty-four hundred years ago, Plato, one of the most famous thinkers in history, said: We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are so scared of the light. Plato gave us also one of the concepts of reality – Allegory of the Cave. He said life is like being chained up in a cave, forced to watch shadows flitting across a stone wall.
Latvian choreographer Lilija Lipora has created a view of modern life through the said Allegory and produced a performance "About Shadows." The production is a precious combination of contemporary dance, music, and shadow theatre. The light, shadows, dance, and music from the stage involve spectators in the experience of theatrical magic.
The performance "About Shadows" encourages the audience to experience human bodies from both perspectives: being in front and behind the light source and the screen. It is opening your mind for surprising illusions, discovering the bodies transformation.
Sometimes the spectators, like children, are afraid of the dark, sometimes they smile realizing the illusion of their fears. At times we are taken to wonder how amazing the shadows of dancers bodies can be, they are surprised that images on the screen are produced by objects not expected.
The audience traveling through this fantasy world meets a world in which we all live. 
The choreographer reproduced stories of a person's life from birth to death poetically and ironically at the same time. 
Lilija Lipora succeeded to build a fantastic ensemble of dancers. They demonstrate the natural energy and emotions in association with perfect dance techniques. The choreographer encouraged the dancers to focus on the mind-body connection, so the dance aesthetic appears like a way of dance philosophy. Two musicians, the composer and guitar player Stefano Barone, and piano player Liene Circene-Ziemele bring a variety of their musical expertise to the stage and make the theatrical experience complete.
The performance "About Shadows" was created in 2015.
The show was successfully showcased in the festivals in Latvia and other countries of the world and continues the tour.
  
Choreography: Lilija Lipora
Music: Stefano Barone (Italy), Liene Circene-Ziemele
Dance: Reinis Rešetins, Kate Ikauniece (ex Pumpiņa), Katrīna Albuže, Jana Jacuka/ Gabija Bīriņa, Edgars Šļakota/ Modris Opelts
Light and video  scenography: Egils Kupčs
Creative assistanceEdgasr Lipors
Costumes: Guna Stikāne
Project manager: Esmeralda Bērtule
 
The opening night of performance „About Shadows” was in summer of 2015, in 5th International Contemporary dance festival „Vides Deja”. 
 
     „I sympathize the toughness and energy of choreographer with which she continues her artist’s path. And more than that I like her joy with which she finds more and more new means of expression to build her own dance performances. In this time there is very impressive use of shadow theatre options, besides, presence of musicians in performance is important. And there is one more thing that is characteristic for Lilija Lipora – it’s important for her that performance is understandable for audience. Themes are extremely comprehensive (like creating a world, corporative globalization etc.), but in a frame of music and shadow theatre dancers plays them out perceptibly, even it is impossible to define all in words without playbill. Noticeable that this time as well the audience is very pleased with what they saw. That kind of performances realize beneficial educational work for audience on the way to more complicated art events. And that is why afterfeeling is very enjoyable.”
(Dita Jonīte, critic of theatre)
 
 „There is contemporary dance theatre in Czech Republic, I have seen a variety of performances at a very high level. It is interesting to see what kinds of art director decides to combine in nowdays. I hadn’t seen contemporary dance combination with shadow theatre before, and that’s why „ABOUT SHADOWS” was surprise for me. There were a really good dancers.”
                                                   Dagmar Bednáriková, director of culture centre (Czech Republic)
 
   „Dance performance „ABOUT SHADOWS” made it possible to see something new and different, I hadn’t seen combination of contemporary dance and shadow theatre before. It reproduced a person’s life from birth to death, going through childhood period, showing the relationship with parents, cherishing in mother’s arms, upbringing followed by the teen years, the feelings of love. There was selected a poetical way how to tell a person’s life.”
                                                     Lucia Kramer, dramatist of Stuttgart New Theatre (Germany)

 

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