Kenneth Flak (Norway) & Külli Roosna (Estonia) & Inga Likšaitė (Lithuania-Germany) “(p)recycle”
Choreography: Külli Roosna, Kenneth Flak (Kompanii Kuri Koer)
Dancers: Külli Roosna, Kenneth Flak
Textile art installation, objects: Inga Liksaite
Stop motion, video: Inga Liksaite
Animation, video editing: Claudia Rohrmoser
Sound design: Kenneth Flak
Premiere: 28th of October, 2011
Special thanks to: Chalk Out curator: Juste Kostikovaite Glogauair + AIC Gallerie, Berlin Fine5 Dance Theater
“(p)recycle” is the first collaboration between visual artist Inga Liksaite and choreographers and dancers Kenneth Flak and Külli Roosna, initiated by International Dance Festival Aura and Kaunas Biennial. The end-result is an art installation and a dance performance. The performance happens 4 times, the installation remains in the exhibition. When we started to built our project our main theme was the perception of time. We started the process with pitching questions and ideas at each other, to learn about each other’s field of expertise, and to play with our differences and similarities. Later in the process the time theme diluted and we found that what we mostly discussed and investigated all kinds of relations. People, things, materials, actions, behaviors, motions – all have their own geometries and structures of existence. Thus we moved on naturally and tried to dive into the water of patterns, structures, connections, rasters and textures. We were not interested in testing or exploring a fixed set of thoughts. We tried to find ways of working that would allow objects, movements and sounds to emerge freely, letting our different esthetics and methods bounce off each other, creating something none of us could produce independently; an open space to let us and the audience understand patterns either differently or maybe the same way. (p)recycle is made by remaking, cutting, duplicating, turning around our own works and reconnecting them in a new order where body language and textile art weaves a mutual story.
Inga Likšaitė is a textile designer and visual artist. In her creative practice Inga works as a solo artist or takes part in collaboration with artists, architects, interior designers. Her textiles, mainly stitched, come as wall canvases, 3 dimensional objects or moving pictures. In her recent works Inga takes images from her previous creations and remakes them. Every object has prototype and becomes a prototype for the next one, therefore time consuming processes are inevitable in her stitched work. Periodically she collaborates with animation artist Claudia Rohrmoser. Their skills and ideas converge in the projects, where stitches go moving or moving pictures are being catched by a needle. Awarded two-year scholarship from Lithuanian Republic Ministry Of Culture and received excellence award in Kaunas Biennial Textile 05 in 2005. Received Grand Prize in Pfaff Challenge in London, 2007 and Grand Prize in “Art of the Stich” international exhibition in Birmingham UK.
Kenneth Flak was born 1975 in Kristiansand, Norway. He freelances internationally as a dancer, choreographer and composer. He has danced in the works of, amongst others, André Gingras (Netherlands/Canada), Dansdesign (Norway), Preeti Vasudevan (India/USA) and Richard Siegal (France/USA). Kenneth is educated at the Stage Direction department of the National Academy of Dramatic Arts, Norway; the Mime Department and Modern Dance Department of the Amsterdam Arts School. In 2007 he received a Bessie Performer’s Award in New York for his interpretation of Gingras’ solo CYP17; in 2010 he was nominated for the BNG Award in Amsterdam for Of Gods and Driftwood. He received the Norwegian Government Grant for Young Artists 2004 and 2008-9. Currently he is collaborating with choreographer and dancer Külli Roosna (Estonia) on several projects under the name Kompanii Kuri Koer. Flak is a regular guest teacher at universities and professional workshops around the world. A self-taught composer, he frequently writes the music for his own choreographies, as well as those of Charlotta Öfverholm, Wilfried Seethaler, Kosmas Kosmpoulos, Yael Gaathon and others.
Külli Roosna is an Estonian dancer, choreographer and teacher. She graduated Tallinn University in 2005 as a choreographer/dancer and continued her studies in Rotterdam Dance Academy in Netherlands. After obtaining her second bachelor degree (2007) Külli started working internationally with different choreographers. Since 2010 she is following the master program in choreography in Tallinn University.Currently she is working together with Norwegian choreographer Kenneth Flak under the name of Kompanii Kuri Koer.She worked in several dance performances lead by American/Dutch choreographer Dylan Newcomb and participated in research project about the connection between dance and Spiral Dynamics theory (2007). She has also worked with choreographers as Aida Redza, Amy Raymond, Ezequiel Sanucci, Teet Kask, Katrin Essenson and others.In Estonia Külli has frequently worked for Fine5 Dance Theater and Tallinn University, giving dance technique and improvisation classes. Also as a dancer and choreographer in different projects.Her solo performance “Circle Through” was awarded the First Prize at the International Festival of Modern Choreography in Vitebsk, Belarus.Külli has performed her own and other choreographer’s works in different festivals in Japan, South-Korea, Germany, England, Russia, Belarus, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Latvia, Netherlands, Estonia.