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A fantastically strange video for Lithuanian post-punk band Solo Ansamblis by director Gintarė Minelgaitė aka Dr. Goraparasit. Synthesizing performance art, multimedia and theatre, “Baloje” offers up a cautionary tale about the power of man based on the myth of Icarus. The video follows an Icarus character who commits a brave act that leads to her downfall. The tower from which she leaps also holds symbolic significance for Lithuanians as it references the television tower in Vilnius’ micro-district of Karoliniškės where Lithuania bravely (and tragically) fought for its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. As Gintarė explains further:

“There are more four characters next to Icarus are his angels guardians that are created from being inspired by Dutch Renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder painting, Fall of the Rebel Angels (1562) – theme of ‘good versus evil’. Furthermore, in this music video I question the idea of perverse understanding of freedom and captivity, through the direct representation of sea mammals shows, training and hunting. Characters in the music video are all dressed in latex designed costumes. Latex in all of my artworks symbolizes second skin – sensitivity, that I believe is lost in many cases… Ping Pong racket is my interpretation of the self in the eyes of the other – strong existential notions – the idea of stillness while being in the middle of the game with other (‘in a misty gloom one can see my hand / In a misty gloom I can see my hand’).”

 

Starring
Susana Abdulmajid
Ričardas Myka
Edgaras Miliauskas
Lyja Maknavičiūtė
Milda Vyšniauskaitė

Written, Directed & Edited by Dr. Goraparasit
DOP: Laurynas Lukoševičius
Editing & Colour grading: Karolis Labutis
Illustrator: Edvinas Špetas
Animator: Paula Abrechtaitė
Illustration/animation: Dr. Goraparasit
Art Direction: Dr. Goraparasit
Costume/Set Design: Dr. Goraparasit
Costume Pattern/Design Assistance: Patricija Minelgaitė
Costume/Set Making Assistance/Muscle Scultping: Emilija Pačiūnaitė
Costume/Set Making Assistance: Andrėja Puskunigytė
Make-up & Hair: Dr. Goraparasit
Make-up & Hair Assistance: Jelena Hellenj, Ainė Skudutytė
Director’s Assistant: Milda Vyšniauskaitė
Director’s Assistant: Marijus Mažūnas
Movement & Acting Training Workshop: Dr. Goraparasit
Choreography Workshop: Violeta Da Queen

Special Thanks: Latga, Cinevera, Avelė studio, Julius Navagruckis, Scenos darbai

Producers: Damn Good / Dr. Goraparasit

 

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