Enlivenment of the Kaunas Ninth Fort Monument
03-04 10 2020

Alexandra Pirici
Valentinas Klimašauskas

The open-air area of the Kaunas Ninth Fort Monument
Žemaičių rd. 73, Kaunas

Kaunas Artists’ House, Kaunas Ninth Fort Museum and project space Swallow invite you to the choreographic project Pulse directed by Romanian artist Alexandra Pirici. The project is dedicated to the enlivenment of the monument to the victims of Nazism of Kaunas Ninth Fort created by sculptor Alfonsas Vincentas Ambraziūnas (1933-2020). The act is choreographed for a group of up to 50 performers and taking place in the open-air area of ​​the monument.

Alexandra Pirici quite oftenly uses the idea of sculpture that is moving and alive in her practice, exploring the relationship of the sculptural object and subject. Choreographing a larger group of performers, this time she proposed to enliven the sculptural concrete Kaunas Ninth Fort Monument.

Looking at the monument one could imagine the scale of tragedy and horror that it recalls, comments Romanian artist Alexandra Pirici. Touching it or interfering with it seems a matter of great care and precaution. Would there be a way in which a moving, sculptural addition of life presence and living bodies could support the monument in its anti-Nazi task?

Alexandra Pirici is an artist with a background in dance and choreography who works undisciplined, across different mediums. Her works have been exhibited at the decennial art exhibition Skulptur Projekte Munster 2017, the Romanian Pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale, Tate Modern London, New Museum in New York, Art Basel Messeplatz, the 9th Berlin Biennale, Manifesta 10, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum Ludwig Cologne, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, HAU Theatre in Berlin, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, the Chicago Architecture Biennale, among many others.

Kaunas Artists’ House, Kaunas Ninth Fort Museum, Project Space Swallow

Nicoleta Andrei, Rita Dabulskytė, Edgaras Gerasimovičius, Edvinas Grinkevičius, Saulė Noreikaitė, Marius Pečiulis, Rūta Stepanovaitė

Graphic design:
Inga Navickaitė-Drąsutė

Translation and proofreading:
Alexandra Bondarev

The project is financed by Lithuanian Council for Culture

The Jewish Community of Kaunas
JCDecaux Lithuania

Information partners:
Kaunas pilnas kultūros
Kauno diena

Thanks to:
Contemporary Dance Association
Dance studio “Infinitum”
Lithuanian Dance Information Centre
LMTA Department of dance and movement
Audrius Pocius
Vaida Stepanovaitė





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