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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

International Vilnius Theatre Festival Sirenos club at the Empty Brain Resort, October 12, 19:00.

 

BAKUNIN

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). 

Visit Bakunin

Visit Quiet Propaganda

Visit The Swamp Pavilion

Visit Laboratorio Artistico Pietra

 
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april 2018

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. 

RawArt gallery

Art Cube Artists' Studios

Travel supported by Lithuanian Culture Institute

 
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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.

Explore a.pass  

 

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

See DUMBLAS 

 

 
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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.

Calvert 22 Foundation, London

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 MAY 2017  RESEARCH TRIP TO THE KHAZAR EMPIRE  Monika Lipšic, Aaron Kahn & Goda Palekaitė embark upon an ethnographic / audio-visual / historical research in the Caucasian Mountains of modern day Russia and Georgia. Until the 9th century it was home to the mysteriously disappeared Khazar empire masterfully described by Milorad Pavic in his magical  Dictionary of Khazars .

MAY 2017

RESEARCH TRIP TO THE KHAZAR EMPIRE

Monika Lipšic, Aaron Kahn & Goda Palekaitė embark upon an ethnographic / audio-visual / historical research in the Caucasian Mountains of modern day Russia and Georgia. Until the 9th century it was home to the mysteriously disappeared Khazar empire masterfully described by Milorad Pavic in his magical Dictionary of Khazars.

 MARCH 27, 2017  International Theatre Day. THE GOLDEN STAGE CROSS (Lithuanian National Theater Award) ceremony.  Palekaitė has been nominated for 'Best Scenography' for  Europeans  ( Europiečiai ). It is the second time she has been nominated for this award.   Vilniaus Mažasis Teatras

MARCH 27, 2017

International Theatre Day. THE GOLDEN STAGE CROSS (Lithuanian National Theater Award) ceremony.

Palekaitė has been nominated for 'Best Scenography' for Europeans (Europiečiai). It is the second time she has been nominated for this award.

Vilniaus Mažasis Teatras