In her vocal or choreographic performances, Eglė Budvytytė draws out relationships between bodies and their environments, whether she’s exploring codified behaviors in public spaces or plying the boundaries between the human and non-human.
Incantation Karaoke (approx. 35 min.)
Medusa: A Tender Version (approx. 40 min.)
Springing from ideas of ecofeminism and finding its power in song, Incantation Karaoke channels multiple beings bruised by modernity or threatened by human hubris—forms of life such as plants and animals, bacteria and fungi, which are crucial to sustaining balance in our ecologies. Through rhyme, repetition, sonic alteration of the voice, and physical proximity, Budvytytė aims to draw the audience into different mind states and measures of collectivity.
In the second half of the program, Budvytytė presents a newly developed work: Medusa: A Tender Version is a performance attempting to reconnect Medusa’s body back to her head. The gaze, the hair, the snakes, the stones, the gods—they all enter the space of a performance in no particular order to celebrate the agency and the voice of a female monster. This work has been developed in collaboration with Tomislav Feller.
Free, but advanced registration is essential and space is limited. Doors open at 6:45pm; latecomers will be admitted at the interval.
Intermissions is a programming series devoted to ephemeral and performative works, staged in the Renaissance Society’s empty gallery in between exhibitions. This recurring platform presents two events every year, supporting a wide variety of live projects.
Curated by Karsten Lund.
Eglė Budvytytė is an artist based in Amsterdam. She graduated from Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam in 2008, and since then has been working at the intersection between performing and visual arts. Her work was shown amongst others at Lofoten International Art festival; Block Universe Festival, London; Art Dubai commissions 2017; Liste, Art Basel; 19th Biennale of Sydney; De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; CAC in Vilnius;and Stedeljik Museum in Amsterdam. Budvytytė was resident at Le Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2012 and at Wiels, Brussels, in 2013.
Intermissions is supported by a gift from Mirja and Ted Haffner. Budvytytė’s presentation is made possible with financial support from the Mondriaan Fund and from the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York.