An interactive dance performance-installation for children of 6 to 18 months

by Dansema Dance Theatre


After the successful show of the dance performance PUZZLE in 2019, COLOURFUL GAMES in 2021 for babies and toddlers, and due to demand of cultural activities for families with young children, the Dansema Dance Theatre is coming back to Dubai with another artistic-educational work. The MEADOW is an interactive dance performance-installation for babies and toddlers from 6 to 18 months, where the little ones can have fun and explore dance and environment without the time limitations, that would normally prevent them from getting involved.


*Photo courtesy of Dansema Dance Theatre. Photography by Laura Venseviciene.

Full of secrets, colored and soft meadow in which children together with the dancer are engageed to seek adventure and look for treasures, experience joy of discovery and communication, share their impressions and emotions. The form of performance-installation allows children to explore dance and environment without limitations in time needed to get involved.

The show is led by a dancer with a lovely presence and thoughtfully-constructed movements, who uses a variety of big top-themed props – from a small tent out of which her legs can pop, to ribbons, hoops, red noses and balls – to attract the little ones.

It is devised by the globally renowned Dansema dance theater & the choreographer/educator Birutė Banevičiūtė who approach their productions as entertainers, psychologists, pedagogues & artists in one. Through dance and interactions with a range of intriguing props, babies are motivated to engage with the performance in ways that are new to them. Parents across the globe consider it a transformative experience that helped them understand just how perceptive their little ones really are.

Previous touring in the International theatre for young audience festival KITOKS (Lithuania), International theatre festival for children “Pozytyvka“ (Poland), International theatre festival for young audience NAKS (Estonia).

Duration 40 min, premiered in 2019.

Supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture, Vilnius City Municipality, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Arab Emirates, Goethe Institute UAE.

CREDITS: Idea and choreography: Birutė Banevičiūtė | Dance: Giedrė Subotinaitė | Costumes: Rūta Biliūnaitė | Lights: Aurelijus Davidavičius | Music: Rasa Dikčienė 


Photo courtesy of Dansema Dance Theatre. Photography by Laura Venseviciene.

Founder and artistic director of Dansema Dance Theater, Birutė Banevičiūtė is an award-winning choreographer who has created 13 performances for children in Lithuania and abroad, 9 of which in Dansema. Birutė is also a dance teacher and dance education researcher with a doctoral degree in social sciences and has designed a unique method of dance experience development in early years.  Her artistic work is based on scientific research on psychological and physiological development of children. For more than 10 years she worked as an assoc. prof. in Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences in Dance and Theater Department. Birutė gives lectures and seminars for dance and theater professionals, kindergarten teachers and parents nationally and internationally.


*Photo courtesy of Dansema Dance Theatre. Photography by Laura Venseviciene.

The Dansema Dance Theater creates exclusively performances for young audiences. Since it was established in 2007, played across Lithuania, successfully performed in 27 countries including Croatia, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Spain, Malta, Turkey, Palestine, China, UK, US, Japan, India, Singapore, South Korea, etc. Just in 2019 Dansema visited festivals in Ireland, Poland, Denmark, for the fifth time toured in China and had an intensive tour in Japan, where they showed 20 performances in five cities. In 2011 Dansema became a member of ASSITEJ Lithuania. Since 2014 Dansema focuses on developing dance productions for babies under 3 years.


The performances created by Dansema Dance Theater has been shown in numerous countries in Europe, Americas and Asia. It has visited festivals and theaters in the UAE, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Germany, US, China, Singapore, Poland, Ukraine, Malta and Spain. Among many other places, their created performances were shown at the Edinburgh fringe festival (UK), “The KidsEuro 2016“ festival (Washington DC, USA), Shanghai Children Arts Theater, Bejing Inside-Out Theatre (China) and Act3International festival (Singapore).