Kaoru Furuko Artist, Handmade animation and Illustration

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Neringa -Lithuanian legend-

“Neringa” legend of Neringa – how the Curonian spit was created Short animated film based on the legend of Neringa – how the Curonian spit was created.Made during the Contemporary Past, Lip Erasmus Intensive Programme, Nida Art Colony, Lithuania 2013 with a Finish artist (Antti Kytömäki) and two Lithuanian artists (Monika Ivaškaitė and Goda Šuminaitė). There are many different versions of the story exist as it’s a very old legend, so we collected the stories and did our own interpretation. We used objects that we found or received as gifts from other participants of the program – all found in the surrounding nature – for the set design and as props. Storyline – Neringa was a beautiful giantess who lived on the coast of Lithuania. She was courted by a dragon, but when she refused to marry him, he began terrorizing the local fishermen. In order to save them, Neringa placed a ribbon of sand between the bay and the sea to keep the dragon away, and the Neringa peninsula (the Curonian spit) was created. Length – 6 minutes — Director – Kaoru Furuko Animators – Antti Kytömäki, Goda Šuminaitė Actress – Monika Ivaškaitė as the beautiful giantess Neringa Music composer and pianist – Antti Kytömäki Sound recording – Antti Kytömäki, Grit Ruhland, Kaoru Furuko Set design – Antti Kytömäki, Goda Šuminaitė, Monika Ivaškaitė, Documentation – Kaoru Furuko, Viktorija Sokolovskaja, Material contributors (alphabetical order) -Andrey Bogush, Antti Kytömäki, Artor Jesus Inkerö, Brigita Kudarauskaitė, Elisabeth Grantelius, Goda Šuminaitė, Ignas and Tadas, Jolanta Kyzikaitė, Kaoru Furuko, Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Titta Aaltonen, Ulla-Britta Westergren, Veroncia Polinedrio, Viktorija Sokolovskaja Special thanks – Jurgita Remeikytė, Linas Ramanauskas, Paula Marie Hildebrandt, Sean Devlin Nida-Art-Colony

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