Combining movement, animation, and poetry, TRIEB explores the qualities of human mind through the metaphor of the knife.
From the dawn of modernity in western philosophy, human cognition has been characterized as something sharp, capable of thinking distinctly about itself and the world. At the core of this rational worldview is the distinction between body and mind. It is said that body and mind are located 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.
Fascinated by the specific use of language in this line of thought, Liza develops a fiction in which the dichotomy of body and mind is substituted with the one of body and knife. She examines what happens when we give physical representation to something as ephemeral as the mind. The performance offers a journey of cutting through language, body, fabric, 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/ 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.
CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE Liza Baliasnaja / 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 / PROJECT SUPPORT Lithuanian Council for Culture Co-production, Workspacebrussels, Kunstencentrum BUDA / RESIDENCY SUPPORT Kanuti Gildi Saal, Workspacebrussels, Kunstencentrum BUDA, Kunstenwerkplaats, Theatre Balsamine / DISTRIBUTION AND TOUR MANAGEMENT Caravan Production