Ieva Brike (LT)
Theater actress, artist
The art of performance is a way for me to dig in deeper into topics of concern, to look for answers, to create my own reality, in which space-time, my body, other materials, the spectator - all of us are dancing kind of a dance. Performance is an opportunity for me to learn, to understand the experience gained. Maybe a practical philosophy?
Now that I’m a mom.. I haven’t created a single work in almost two years. Perhaps because silence in my daily routine today is a rare luxury. Maybe it’s because I haven’t realized for a while what’s going on, what happened to my body while my daughter was still living in my womb, at a time when she was physically separated from me, maybe even now that I’m a safe haven for her from everything.
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Event series - S MOM. Silence.
It is different for everyone.
Silence can be an aspiration, dream, impossibility, and sometimes the most dangerous force.
Ieva Brikė talks about one kind of silence, Kainulainen & Latva see their silence differently, while Guadalupe Aldrete perceives the silences in her own way.
An insane desire to find a moment of silence, or perhaps a drop of courage to tear up the silence.
In the “Book of Silence” Sarah Maitland talks about the discovery of positive silence so familiar to many mothers. It happens when you wake up in the middle of the night and the baby finally calms down after the feed, as your everyday life broken down fatigue, immerses you in a strange state between sleep and wakefulness: “That strange time before dawn, when the darkness, silenced world and even the cities are exceptional <...>”
Still, all of us have different experiences.
The S Mom platform started with a desire to speak, a desire to hear other voices, unpopular voices, muted voices, sometimes voices not wanting to be heard, and sometimes afraid to be spoken.
Talking about (un) motherhood in an unpopular, painful, deep way.
Talking about choices and freedoms. The body of a mother, a child, society’s body.
We are all performance artists, so we express ourselves best not by speaking words, but using our bodies and ourselves. During this global pandemic, having lost our main tool, our physical contact with another human-being, we still choose not to remain silent and, like many others, move our projects online.
December 8-12 / Video performance program on – https://vimeo.com/user60248187:
Kainulainen & Latva (FI)
Nicola Hunter (GB)
Guadalupe Aldrete (MX / AT)
Vaida Tamoševičiūtė (LT)
Performance live stream:
Monika Dirsytė (LT) "We" - 9th December, 6 p.m. (UTC +2)
The event is curated by Vaida Tamoševičiūtė
The event is partly funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.