Who? Lukas Karvelis (20)
From? Vilnius. Lithuania
Studies? Dance Performance
What? Won second prize and the video dance award at the Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival 2018 in Stuttgart.
Congratulations! That second prize was a cheque for 2500 euros, but what is the video dance award?
“The Stuttgart-based company Moving Angel Film Production Gmbh is going to film my solo, for which I will return to Stuttgart. I think it’s really cool to have such a professional video, as I can send it to other festivals I want to take part in. And I’m very much a fan of the medium anyway.”
Does your solo have a narrative?
“It is about me – about who I am and who I was. For the first part I created a person in extravagant attire who has all the characteristics that I don’t like about myself. The best way for me to confront this is to do it physically, through dance. The second part is completely different. There I return to my youth, to the first version of myself, dancing to traditional music.
“It was the first time for me to perform my own material outside my own familiar environment – and with a very personal story at that. I was quite nervous, but the atmosphere in Stuttgart was very nice. There was this real festival vibe. I enjoyed meeting the other participants, just chatting and having dinner together. 18 of the 300 dancers who had applied had been invited.”
So, next year – your fourth – you’ll be doing an internship. Have you already arranged that?
“Yes. First, I will do an internship at Korzo Theatre in The Hague, together with one of my classmates, with the French choreographer Antonin Comestaz. Together with him we will create a new piece. Then, with another classmate, it’s off to Sweden, to the Göteburg Opera. There we will work with choreographer Marina Mascarell, who is from Spain. I’ve met both choreographers at Codarts, when they were here as guest teachers. Every year a number of choreographers come to Codarts to create pieces together with students.”
What is your favourite spot in Rotterdam?
“Mmm… That’s a tough one. Well, across from Het Park at the Euromast is a small park (Historical Garden Schoonoord), which closes every day at 16.30. I like it there: it’s in the middle of town, but it feels like it’s far away from everything. I’m used to living in a big city – I am from Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. And I love Rotterdam. I like it when there’s a lot going on around me, and I can’t see myself living in a quiet little town. Where I live now? In just about the last street of Rotterdam, ha ha, near Schiedam.”
Codarts to me is…
“… a place where I could grow as a dancer. And the place where I met many inspiring people, like all these different personalities in my classes.”