Songs from the compost: mutating bodies, imploding stars

4K video, 30;00 min, 2020, Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA) , Nida Art colony.
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Collaboration with Marija Olšauskaitė and Julija Steponaitytė.

The film, shot in the pine forests and sand dunes of the Curonian Spit, is a hypnotic exploration of nonhuman forms of consciousness nested within symbiotic life: interdependence, surrender, death and decay. The images gradually layer, alongside intimate lyrics of a song that channels the desires of an entity shapeshifting across different genders, voices, and beyond-human embodiments. With a cast comprising mostly of local youth, the film unfolds through a specially conceived song, choreography and costumes.

Horizontality in the choreography undoes the usual verticality of human figure, unfurling her into the landscape.The performers’ bodies are sites of activity, though they’re often horizontal, pulled toward the earth and one another, moving through the forest, along the sand dunes and water. 

The song lyrics draw on the work and words of biologist Lynn Margulis, celebrating the role of bacteria in making life and the collaboration between the single-cell organisms possible, as well as concepts by the science-fiction author Octavia Butler, who employed tropes of symbiosis, mutation, and hybridity to challenge hierarchies and categorisation.

 

Directing: Eglė Budvytytė

Song lyrics and voices: Eglė Budvytytė

Sound design: Steve Martin Snider

Art directing: Marija Olšauskaitė, Julija Steponaitytė

Solo dance performed and choreographed by Mami Kang

Camera: Vytautas Plukas

Camera assistant: Martynas Norvaišas

Editing: Bart Groenendaal and Eglė Budvytytė

Special effects: Elena Permogorskaya and Viktorija Obor

 

Performers:

Viktorija Zobielaitė

Evegeniy Kalachov

Goda Motiejaitytė

Silvija Lileikytė

Kipras Chlebinskas

Julija Steponaitytė

 

Special thanks to:

Coda dance school

Inga Briazkalovaite

Egija Inzule

Maria Tsoy

Antanas Lučiūnas

Martynas Kazimierienas

Kestutis Minderis

Indrė Dikavičiūtė

Klaipėdos Lėlių teatras

Kuršių Nerijos Nacionalinio parko direkcija

 

Supported by:

Nida Art Colony

4Cs -From conflict to conviviality through culture

RIBOCA2

Mondriaan Funds

Lithuanian Culture Council