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Inga Kuznecova

“Forgotten Princesses”. Photo by Dmitrijus Matvejevas 

The dancer and choreographer Inga Kuznecova (b. 1986) gained her BA degree in choreography from the Faculty of Arts at Klaipėda University in 2010, and her MA in dance in 2012. She also studied dance at the Dance College in Stockholm, Sweden. She is currently teaching at the Klaipėda Faculty of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, is the head of the contemporary dance studio Jazz Up, and also dances and creates dance performances at the Šeiko Dance Theatre.

Kuznecova has performed in dance productions by the choreographers Agnija Šeiko, Dovilė Binkauskaitė and others, and has participated in various other art projects. She first appeared on the professional dance scene as a choreographer in 2010, and since then has created choreography for four dance performances. Her not yet extensive repertoire stands out with its variety of genre and form, as her dance shows differ from each other both in their themes and in the language of movement. In the final work for her degree, entitled Mikas & Breakfast (Mikas ir pusryčiai, 2010), she explored the human reaction to the different flavours of food. In 2012, together with the dancer Petras Lisauskas, she created the dance duet And Everything Went Fine (Ir viskas klojos kuo puikiausiai), which examines a couple’s relationship in a straightforward yet perceptive way, performed not on the stage, but in a real-life space – in an apartment. Both these productions were included in the programme of the International Contemporary Dance Festival New Baltic Dance. The third work by this choreographer, Diagnosis – Basketball (Diagnozė – krepšinis, 2012), explored the most popular sport in Lithuania.

After a break of several years, she returned to the stage in 2016 with the dance show for children Forgotten Princesses (Pamirštos princesės) created for children aged 7-12. This production, inspired by the enchanting book “The Secret Lives of Princesses” by the French duo Philippe Lechermeier and Rébecca Dautremer, explores the ways for every child to discover their unique features, to cherish and nurture these features, as well as how to build valuable and respectful relationships with other people. Transferring real-life situations into a world inhabited by princesses, the dancers speak about the unique personality that exists inside everyone. This performance was nominated for the Mask of Gratitude award granted to theatre practitioners in Klaipėda, and the Golden Cross of the Stage, the country’s major theatre award, in the theatre for children category. In 2017, the production was shown at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.