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Dance & Dance Film 

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M(e)&M(other)

Germany

  • Dance Film

Room A

18
02
20:00
  • Main Program

| SYNOPSIS

“Being an artist and mother is not a fixed identity.” Joanna Sokolowski
What if motherhood would become a part of our career?

The short dance film “M(e)&M(other)” looks at the roles of female artists and mothers – intertwined, compared, and evaluated. In the world of dance, where the body operates as the main instrument of expression, motherhood is still discussed with vague undertones. Raimonda Gudavičiūtė, who lives and works in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), speaks openly about the complex internal conflict of being a caring mother and an active freelance dance artist.

The film not only touches Raimonda Gudavičiūtė’s contradictions of personal, social, and self-expression issues but also subtly reveals the position of her seven-year-old son Elias. The constant presence of being together during recent months had given birth to a new approach towards the mother’s profession. Thanks to contemporary dance, Elias got to know his mother’s personality better and found (next to football and breakdance) another way of thinking, perceiving, and self-expression. Dance has built a bridge of closer communication between mother and son.

The dance film with German and English subtitles is adapted for deaf people and people with a hearing impairment.

| CREDITS

Director of Film: Sebastian Heindorff | Director of Choreography: Raimonda Gudavičiūtė | Writer: Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė | Producers: Raimonda Gudavičiūtė, Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė, Sebastian Heindorff | Dramaturgy: Raimonda Gudavičiūtė, Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė | Concept: Raimonda Gudavičiūtė, Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė | Dancers: Raimonda Gudavičiūtė, Elias Haun

Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė

| Biography

Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics, Theatre Studies, Journalism, and Communication Science from the Free University of Berlin and works as a freelance dramaturg and curator. Since 2011 she has been the project manager at the Lithuanian Information Centre for Dance (LT) and in this position, she co-curates the “Lithuanian Dance Showcase” and the “Baltic Dance Platform”, among others. In addition, Gerbutavičiūtė organized and curated the Berlin festival “Lithuania dances” from 2012-2017 and headed the Department of Dance at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre from 2013-2018, where she established the bachelor programs Dance and Dance Pedagogy. Gerbutavičiūtė works as a dramaturg, mentor, and distributor with Paula Rosolen/Haptic Hide and is active in numerous expert juries; most recently, she was a jury member of the Dance Platform Germany 2020, among others.

| Biography

Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics, Theatre Studies, Journalism, and Communication Science from the Free University of Berlin and works as a freelance dramaturg and curator. Since 2011 she has been the project manager at the Lithuanian Information Centre for Dance (LT) and in this position, she co-curates the “Lithuanian Dance Showcase” and the “Baltic Dance Platform”, among others. In addition, Gerbutavičiūtė organized and curated the Berlin festival “Lithuania dances” from 2012-2017 and headed the Department of Dance at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre from 2013-2018, where she established the bachelor programs Dance and Dance Pedagogy. Gerbutavičiūtė works as a dramaturg, mentor, and distributor with Paula Rosolen/Haptic Hide and is active in numerous expert juries; most recently, she was a jury member of the Dance Platform Germany 2020, among others.

Raimonda Gudavičiūtė

| Biography

Raimonda Gudavičiūtė started her dance education at Aura Dance Theater in Kaunas (Lithuania) and performed at many dance festivals and theaters both in Lithuania and abroad. She studied dance and acting at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, deepened her knowledge at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon in France, and completed a master’s degree in contemporary dance at the Theater Academy in Finland. Since 2010 she has been working as a freelance choreographer, dancer and dance teacher. Raimonda teaches both professional dancers and beginners in Lithuania, Finland and Germany. She gained new experience most recently as the leader of a dance class for young mothers with their babies. In 2018, Gudavičiūtė performed in various plays by director Simon Möllendorf (dorfproduct) at studioNAXOS. Gudavičiūtė’s latest work, Forest, which she developed with choreographer Birutė Banevičiūtė for young children, premiered in March 2020 at the Gallus Theater in Frankfurt. In 2020, together with dramaturg Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė and cinematographer Sebastian Heindorff, she developed the short film M(e)&M(other), which is also the basis for her latest play, “M(other)”. In the piece, which premiered in October 2021 as part of the Rhein-Main Dance Festival, she appears on stage with her eight-year-old son Elias.

| Biography

Raimonda Gudavičiūtė started her dance education at Aura Dance Theater in Kaunas (Lithuania) and performed at many dance festivals and theaters both in Lithuania and abroad. She studied dance and acting at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, deepened her knowledge at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon in France, and completed a master’s degree in contemporary dance at the Theater Academy in Finland. Since 2010 she has been working as a freelance choreographer, dancer and dance teacher. Raimonda teaches both professional dancers and beginners in Lithuania, Finland and Germany. She gained new experience most recently as the leader of a dance class for young mothers with their babies. In 2018, Gudavičiūtė performed in various plays by director Simon Möllendorf (dorfproduct) at studioNAXOS. Gudavičiūtė’s latest work, Forest, which she developed with choreographer Birutė Banevičiūtė for young children, premiered in March 2020 at the Gallus Theater in Frankfurt. In 2020, together with dramaturg Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė and cinematographer Sebastian Heindorff, she developed the short film M(e)&M(other), which is also the basis for her latest play, “M(other)”. In the piece, which premiered in October 2021 as part of the Rhein-Main Dance Festival, she appears on stage with her eight-year-old son Elias.

Sebastian Heindorff

| Biography

Sebastian Heindorff has been working as a freelance filmmaker and photographer since 2017. He studied Japanology and Art History and completed his studies in 2017 with a thesis on contemporary Japanese Art after Fukushima, receiving the title of Master of Arts. During his studies, he worked as a production assistant at ZDF in Mainz (2011-2013) and since 2013 as a freelance cameraman. Besides commercial work, he creates films in the art context. These include, for example, the three-part series “The Appointment” (2018), in which curators, art critics, and art promoters explain Korean positions in contemporary art. This series was created in Seoul in cooperation with the magazine KubaParis. In addition, Sebastian Heindorff creates artist portraits with the collective No Man Is An Island, including the ceramist Michiko Shida from 2019 and the dancer Takako Nishi under the title Un/Concious (2019). He is currently working on another series of portraits of contemporary Japanese artists and creative professionals in collaboration with the online magazine Sabukaru.

| Biography

Sebastian Heindorff has been working as a freelance filmmaker and photographer since 2017. He studied Japanology and Art History and completed his studies in 2017 with a thesis on contemporary Japanese Art after Fukushima, receiving the title of Master of Arts. During his studies, he worked as a production assistant at ZDF in Mainz (2011-2013) and since 2013 as a freelance cameraman. Besides commercial work, he creates films in the art context. These include, for example, the three-part series “The Appointment” (2018), in which curators, art critics, and art promoters explain Korean positions in contemporary art. This series was created in Seoul in cooperation with the magazine KubaParis. In addition, Sebastian Heindorff creates artist portraits with the collective No Man Is An Island, including the ceramist Michiko Shida from 2019 and the dancer Takako Nishi under the title Un/Concious (2019). He is currently working on another series of portraits of contemporary Japanese artists and creative professionals in collaboration with the online magazine Sabukaru.

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