LOSS / Home far away from home

Premiere 1st October 2021 at National Kaunas Drama Theater in Lithuania

The first human beings were nomads. Will also the last? “LOSS / Home far away from home” offers shelter to eight beings whose road follows loss and oblivion. Here is the home where the ephemeral sharing of their origins, their paths, happen. Here occurs that moment when every part of the world appears as a stitch of humanity. These beings gift themselves the solace of an excess of joy, while taking care of a community in which they are illegal passengers. Remembering as a form of encounter, forgetting a form of freedom. They are fugitives from elsewhere, and will soon be on their way again, leaving traces on which others will come to dance. But, for today, they are here.  

This piece with Aura Dance Theatre allows me to explore this company’s dancers’ explosive energy and to channel their youthful and organic force in a singular and unique language. 

I am not looking for spectacular, I conduct a rigorous research on the infinitesimally small, the fragility that leads to a collective work composed of attuned individualities. 

They are eight on stage, each hailing from one country, Mexico, Australia, France, Italy, Lithuania, Japan, Albania, Korea.

Interpreters from different cultures, with sensitivities at odds. Throughout my artistic collaborations with partners across Europe, Africa, Russia and Asia, I have always succeeded in bringing a rich approach to collective work by encouraging each dancer to interrogate their culture and language, their unique grasp of meaning and history, in order to become permeable and find their own writing. 

Weaving connections by working with individuals, each of whom contains their own unique animal-like writing, and attempts to handle already existing languages: sounds, words, gestures, colors, excesses of the world bursting in. Raw materials to transform. 

Living beings able to remember to forget in order to live together, translate, and re-write the world within. 


Choreographer Karine Ponties

Dramaturg & light designer Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin

Costume designer Kristina Cyziute

Performers Ester Bega, Ludovico Murgia, Hueng Won Lee, Julija Mintautė, Kris Dao Nicholls, Natsuho Matsumoto, Marine Fernandez, Pepe Jaimes

Video edited by Wilkie Branson

Production AURA Dance Theatre

In coproduction with Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties

With the support of the Lithuanian Council of Culture

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15.10.2021 • Plungė Cultural Center, Plungė, Lithuania

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