International Performing Arts Festival

Archive / 2022

Šeiko dance company


Combining the natural physicality of the body, martial arts, and contemporary dance, “Mikado” explores the current human condition when virtuality is substituted for the material.

Society as a pack of sticks. We are all closely interconnected, constantly shifting rules of the social game. The pandemic and social media are changing our ways of behaving, communicating and making us less capable of critical thinking. Our relationships become intangible, unfulfilling, and fragmented. Something inside us starts to crave for points or resilience and genuine social connection. It revolves around such elements of existence as the primordial human body, archaic wooden sticks, and today’s mobile devices. The stick symbolizes the first human body extension. It’s a symbol of physical communication with the world. It is a tool, an instrument, a weapon in martial arts. It connects and pushes away, establishing “the safe distance”. The performance combines different languages of movement such as the natural physicality of the body, the archaic tradition of Aikido, and other martial arts and contemporary dance. Intensified with rhythms, music and seasoned with Italian cultural references, it creates a ball of energy that goes straight to one’s core.

“Mikado” is choreographed by Vittoria de Ferrari Sapetto, Andrea Valfre and performed by Šeiko dance company, Nuepiko dance company, other professional dancers from all over Europe as well as Kaunas local community members. The light design is created by the famous Giacomo Gorini and the music is composed by renowned Italian composer Giorgio Ferrero.

Performance presented by Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022
Duration: 60 min
  • Choreographers
    Vittoria de Ferrari Sapetto (BR / IT / BE), Andrea Valfre (IT)
  • Artistic directors
    Agnija Šeiko, Marius Pinigis
  • Light designer
    Giacomo Gorini (IT)
  • Composer
    Giorgio Ferrero (IT)
  • Dancers
    Šeiko dance company (LT), Niels Claes, Mantas Černeckas, Oksana Griaznova, Inga Kuznecova, Gintarė Marija Ščavinskaitė, Marija Ivaškevičiūtė, Viktorija Zobielaitė, Nuepiko Dance Troupe, Marius Pinigis, Adrian Carlo Bibiano, Nino Wassmer (FR), Lorenzo Covello (IT), Valeria Saija (IT), Dan Mihai Radulescu (RO), Steffi De Leeuw (NL), Povilas Jurgaitis
  • Participants
    Kaunas city and region community
  • Producer
    Goda Giedraitytė
  • Production team
    Greta Seiliūtė, Edita Aliochno, Austėja Laurinavičiūtė, Stasys Jamantas
  • Partners, financed by
    Kaunas 2022, Lithuanian Council for Culture, Klaipėda city municipality, Goethe Institut, Thomas Mann Cultural Centre