Klávs Liepins is a graduating 3rd year Contemporary Dance student in The Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Klávs is a freelance filmmaker, performer and a member/cofounder of the dance improvisation company Long Distance Inc. and gained his artistic experience past years by collaborating actively with artists from different mediums locally and globally.
´´Practical Latvian´ is a personal look at the paradigm of gendered objects and human qualities (handyman, housewife, screw driver, iron, etc.). ´´Practical Latvian´´ is a metaphor that comes from the artists’ life back in Latvia, but is relevant to anyone living in masculine society. Described as “aesthetic, humorous and honest” the work invites audiences to examine the complacent society when it comes to social norms towards gendered market. It invents new way of associations towards gendered objects and human skills. Choreography and visual design is created by Klavs Liepins and composer Julius Rothlaender has created the soundscape. Klavs Liepins has questioned how his approach to the objects can be embodied via different forms of artistic expression (video installation, performance, sound), how to put daily life objects in the concept of art, and how to relate ones private life experience to the public, bringing the awareness to so called ´self-evident´ truths.
The central goal of embodying the objects in different forms of artistic expression has guided the process, which Klavs Liepins has described as an utopian desire for a global community of a gender-neutrality as a social norm.
Piece by Klávs Liepins
Composer: Julius Rothlaender
Visual design assistant: Renáte Feizaka
Producer: Katerina Spathi