Freedom Dance for Ukraine
On August 24th, in celebration of Ukraine’s Independence Day, the wall of the Moscow House became a unique vertical dance stage. “Artscape,” together with the creative team – artist and co-author of the neo-fresco “Do Peremogi,” Lina Šlipavičiūtė, and vertical dance performer Inga Briazkalovaitė – presented an extraordinary performance to the residents of Vilnius, Ukrainians, and all visitors to the capital: the vertical dance “Dance of Freedom.”
The organizers of the event and the creative performance aimed to honor the defenders of freedom in Ukraine and once again remind the world that Ukraine’s struggle for freedom is a cause that concerns us all.
“For some time, I wanted to express support for Ukraine through vertical dance, and there couldn’t be a better place than this. Upon seeing the news about the giant portrait of a Ukrainian volunteer created by a robot from Estonia on the facade of the Moscow House, I realized that this is a special opportunity to bring this idea to life with the fantastic team that believed in the concept,” says Inga Briazkalovaitė.
The event’s producer and the head of Arts Agency ‘Artscape,’ Aistė Ulubey, invited the audience to engage in a conversation about hope and empathy through the performance ‘Dance of Freedom.’ She stated, ‘Art is stronger than any words; it can express what is happening in society – send a message of solidarity and comfort. Despite the weight of the war in Ukraine affecting us all, we invite everyone to discover the testimony of unity and compassion in the creativity of artists, who invite us to create rather than destroy.“
On August 24, 2022, the vertical dance performance “Dance of Freedom” was performed three times: at 12:30, 16:30, and 18:30. The event was watched by more than 1,000 spectators, including the renowned Ukrainian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner, Ruslana.
Alongside the “Artscape” performance, the Klaipėda Dance School CODA and the art laboratory “Kiaurai sienas” joined forces. Together with partners from Ukraine and Estonia, they adorned the Moscow House with a giant fresco titled “Do Peremogi / Iki Pergalės” (To Victory).
August 26, 2023