now and soon
OCTOBER 12, 2018
BAKUNIN IN VILNIUS
We are in the crisis of democracy. Raising xenophobic nationalism, populist politicians, irresponsible media, outbreaks of violence, anti-immigrant agitation – the signs of democratic regression are well known. Some warn that democratic dominance has ended for good. All agree that we are in a crisis of political ideas. The society of tomorrow will require intellectual and political architecture that does not yet exist. Can old ideas that were misread and mistreated throughout history open something in the contemporary society and inspire new intellectual and political thought needed so badly? Today, we can think of anarchism as an inspiring archeological artifact worth exposing.
Writing & directing & scenography - Goda Palekaitė
Bakunin - Stefano A. Moretti
Sound & Engineering - Adomas Palekas
Curating & Photography - Alicja Khatchikian
Theatre performance by Goda Palekaitė
PREMIERED IN VENICE & TURIN, SEPTEMBER 1 & 7, 2018
Mikhail Aleksandrovič Bakunin (1814-1876) was the most influential Russian anarchist who extensively criticized monarchy and religion as well as Karl Marx and raising communism. Bakunin’s critique was his life: he left Russia to study philosophy in Germany but never came back as a free person. He traveled through most of European countries giving speeches and initiating revolts. Every state he came to prosecuted him. He was given two life sentences in prison and sent to jail in Russia where he spent 5 years where he lost all his teeth from scurvy. Nevertheless, he managed to escape through Siberian rivers to Japan and USA, and finally came back to Europe to continue his deeds. This history and Bakunin as a figure has been systematically erased from all official historical discourses for almost 200 years. Despite the worldwide influence of classical anarchist proposal, states successfully demonize and stigmatize it.
Theatre performance, written and directed by Goda Palekaitė premiered at The Swamp Pavilion, Venice Biennial, and at an independent artist-run space Laboratorio Artistico Pietra in Turin.
Co-produced by Schizma (LT) and Quiet Propaganda Studio (IT).
RESEARCH TRIP TO ISRAEL
In preparation for the upcoming solo exhibition and performance in Israel, Palekaitė travels to meet, explore, record and situate her work in the complex historico-political environment. Her show LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF A DREAM planned for December 2018 and curated by Leah Abir inspects the relationship between forged history, law and dreams, and takes place at the RawArt gallery in Tel Aviv and Art Cube Artists' Studios in Jerusalem.
Travel supported by Lithuanian Culture Institute
JANUARY 2018 - MAY 2019
ARTISTIC RESEARCH AT A.PASS, BRUSSELS
Goda Palekaitė continues her research-based performance practice in an independent artistic research institute A.PASS (Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies) in Brussels. It is an international environment of artists and intellectuals who attempt to redefine performativity and practice. There Palekaitė is developing ideas for two of her upcoming shows.
NEXT SHOW OCTOBER 12, 2018
DUMBLAS / MUD
PREMIERE NOVEMBER 25, 2017
Site-specific theatre performance based on Maria Irene Fornes' MUD, situated in an abandoned Soviet school in Šiauliai (LT).
Directing: Goda Palekaitė, Aaron Kahn
Scenography and costumes: Goda Palekaitė
Sound: Gintautas Gascevičius
Light: Julius Kuršys
With: Aidas Matutis, Monika Šaltytė, Antanas Venckus
Photography: Alicja Khatchikian, Saulius Jankauskas
Co-produced by Rather Than Happiness and State Drama Theatre of Šiauliai
JUNE 22 - AUGUST 20, 2017
THE FUTURE IS CERTAIN; IT'S THE PAST WHICH IS UNPREDICTABLE, a group show on writing and rewriting history, curated by Monika Lipšic
New visual work and performance is presented at the Calvert 22 gallery in London. The piece manifests first outcomes of the KHAZARIAN expedition (conducted in May 2017 by G. Palekaitė, Aaron Kahn and M. Lipšic), and ongoing research.