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Soundtrack and live performance
The performance was staged in Kaunas - the European capital of culture 2022 in June this year.
The project includes the need to look at the world through the eyes of a child, the look that is so natural, so human, yet inevitably followed by a sigh of having entered maturity. The maturity of a person is defined by the loss of childhood; the shape of present which retrieves the most charming stuff from the past, from the flashbacks of childhood, but the latter are given to a person only in the form of dearth shrouded by a dream, of extreme and unsurpassable boundary. The Return asks to reach for above, at least in thought to stand with Ukrainians who are paying a heavy toll for the things they believe in and fight for. Yes, primarily the project shares hope, but the waving of its flag hides the price of the desired future. Such is the nature of hope - seeking the future without accepting the present. Hope and tragedy of war, the price to be paid, and the belief that every loss has not been in vain. And even if the yellow blood staining the flags is just a symbol, it does remind us of the true blood that is being shed in Ukraine. The Return is an act of solidarity by the Vilnius Academy of Arts and artists from Kaunas. The act that is not straightforward in form, but direct in contents - We stand with Ukraine.
Author of the exhibition: Saulius Paliukas (VDA Kaunas Faculty)
Architect/Curator: Rimantas Giedraitis (VDA Kaunas Faculty)
Soundtrack / Live performance : Volodymyr Vova Antoniv (Poland/Ukraine)
Motion choreographers: Dovilė Petkūnaitė, Mantas Stabačinskas
Organizers: Jonas Audėjaitis, Rimantas Giedraitis (VDA Kaunas Faculty)