Performance ‘Trieb’ by Liza Baliasnaja
Last spots open are on 28 and 29 May, 8:30 pm.
After the last performances on 28 and 29 May there will be a talk with the author.
Through the object of the knife, Trieb explores the logic behind the action of cutting. The capacity to think rationally or think ‘sharply’ is what historically separated the Human from the animal and other categories. At the occasions when we say that someone has a sharp hearing or sharp vision, natural language demonstrates how sharpness and goodness are used coextensively in reference to perception. Thus, the sharpness with which the knife slices through matter resembles the order of cognitive processes that are at work when we engage with our environment by means of sense perception.
Throughout the history of Western thought, body and mind have been placed at the opposite ends of the spectrum of cuttability- material body as infinitely divisible and immaterial mind as essentially indivisible. The body “contains” the mind and thus they are inseparable, even though the exact place where the body ends, and the mind begins can be rather unclear. Trieb takes up this canonical “problem” of Western philosophy and reexamines it through poetry, animation and movement.
In the work, Liza Baliasnaja performs a thought experiment in which the unity of body and mind is substituted with the one of body and knife. She examines what happens when the immaterial mind which seems to work like a knife is actually looked at as if it was a graspable object with specific physical qualities. She asks what does it mean to think and sense like a knife and what are the material consequences of conceptualizing thinking as cutting.
The performance offers a journey of cutting through language, through body, through fabric, through paper that discovers, and bursts open the potential for an unusual order of things, for incision and insertion of new meaning. Trieb, which is german for drive, desire and instinct, becomes the force behind the knife-mind that wants to test cut all that appears on its way including one’s own sense of the self.
Liza Baliasnaja (LT) is a choreographer and performer currently living in Brussels, Belgium. In 2016, she completed Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S) program in Brussels and soon after began a degree in Philosophy and the University of KU Leuven.
In her works, Liza looks for links and tensions between philosophical concepts and forms of their development through choreographic thinking. Liza has a particular interest in thinking choreography beyond the body, thus composing with voice, language, and digital image in her latest work. Her pieces have been shown in visual art oriented spaces like Mykolas Žilinskis Art Gallery (LT); The Israel Museum (IL); Petach Tikva Museum of Art (IL); MO Museum (LT) as well as performance art and dance oriented festivals like Almost Summer Festival’19; Batard Festival’21 (BE) and March Hare Festival’18 (IL).
As a performer Liza collaborated with artists like Ula Sickle, Eglė Budvytytė, Eszter Salamon, DD Dorvillier, Mårten Spångberg and Lenio Kaklea. She worked as an artistic assistant with Christine de Smedt, Myriam Van Imschoot and Ezter Salamon. While conducting long term artistic research, Liza took part in various residency programs in places like Nida Art Colony (LT), Kaunas Artist House (LT), Kanuti Gildi Saal (EE), Seoul Dance Center (KR), WorkspaceBrussels (BE), Kaaitheater (BE) and other.
Sound: Jokūbas Čižikas
Artistic advising: Stefan Govaart, Alissa Šnaider and Laura Stellacci
Animation: Liza Baliasnaja together with Federico Vladimir Strate Pezdirc
Costume: Laura Stellacci
Scenography: Liza Baliasnaja, Machteld Lambeets and Laura Stellacci
Residency support: Kanuti Gildi Saal, Workspacebrussels, Kunstencentrum BUDA, Kunstenwerkplaats, Theatre Balsamine
Special thanks to Nicola Airo, Theo Livesey, Christine de Smedt, Amanda Barrio Charmelo and Simon Baetens
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