Interview: Airida Gudaitė and Laurynas Žakevicius – ‘The show is deeply sensual and sexy’

This article is from 2016

Feel-Link dancers

credit: Laura Vanseviciene

They scooped the dance prize on Lithuanian TV, now married couple Airida Gudaitė and Laurynas Žakevicius tell us about their Fringe show, Feel-Link

Airida Gudaitė and Laurynas Žakevicius met on a Lithuanian TV dance contest and later became household names by winning another. Established in 2012, their company Dance Theatre Low Air was the first of its kind in their native country. Through it they aim to uncover the artistic potential of street dance (which has until recently maintained a pretty underground status) and introduce it to theatre-lovers everywhere. What's more, by doing so they've become cultural trailblazers.

Using an evocative electronic soundtrack that ultimately gives way to a live recording of Nina Simone's 'Feelings', their 40-minute show Feel-Link uses movement to portray the various stages of love (and jealousy) in a relationship. What perhaps lends the performance an extra tinge of authenticity is that its creators married last August and will thus celebrate their first wedding anniversary in Edinburgh.

'When the show was first conceived we were playing characters,' Gudaitė explains, 'but as it progressed, and our relationship grew, we realised that we were acting out our feelings for each other. Now it's more us that audiences will be seeing onstage.'

'The show is deeply sensual and sexy,' adds Žakevicius. 'Just the thing for noon in Edinburgh!'

Zoo Southside, 8–20 Aug (not 14), 12.10pm, £12 (£10). Previews 5–6 Aug, £8.


Urban street dance from Airida Gudaitė and Laurynas Žakevičius.