Vilma Pitrinaitė (LT/BE) started her career in Aura Dance Theatre, after studying choreography in France, at CDC de Toulouse and Ex.e.r.ce, CCN de Montpellier as well as theatre directing at National Strasbourg Conservatory. She collaborated as a dancer and actor with companies such as La Zampa, Mitia Fedotenko, François Verret, Philippe Grandrieux, Karim Bel Kacem, Hubert Colas, Vincent Thomasset, cie Mossoux-Bonté et cie Dame de Pic.

Now, she mainly works on on her own projects. The first one, conceived still while studying, was staged at festival JT14, Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, Paris and festival Premières, Maillon, Strasbourg.

Her solo ‘Miss Lithuania’, premiered in New Baltic Dance Festival’14, was presented in Aerowaves Spring Forward festival, nominated as the best act of the season in Confluences theatre, Paris, toured around Europe and in USA.

In 2016 she returned to Aura as a choreographer of the dance piece ‘Pandora’. Recently she presented ‘Somaholidays’ and now is working on ‘MATCH’, duo with american choreographer Emily Gastineau, as well as creating a new piece for Šeiko dance company in Lithuania.

Relationship with PDSW:

Vilma Pitrinaite worked alongside PDSW to build a bridge between communities and identities while developing choreographical research.

Vilma noticed that in a process of creation there often comes a time when she needs to open up for new stimuli in order to be able to step out of her head and take some distance away from what she is doing. During a two week residency in July 2019, Vilma was in our studios, carrying out research on a ‘rebellious body’, with the help of PDSW staff. She met with amateur and professional dance practitioners during this time, sharing practices and experiences and discovered the cultural background of a ‘dance community’ and the town.

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