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Comfort zone

Uncategorized September 10, 2019

How to tame the ambiguity? How to twine a comfort zone in unsuitable conditions? How to calm oneself in frenetic environment? By weaving a comfort zone, falling asleep there and finally – owning it!

The practice of creating a comfort zone comprises elements of meditation and game – mindful concentration and playful interaction with random people. These elements affect the creation process of a handcrafted artwork – the comfort zone in which one can find a shelter from the mechanized and anxious urban environment.

Rīga, 2019


Photos: Līva Kalniņa



Prague, 2019


Photos: Madara Pelnēna



Riga Performance Festival 2019

Uncategorized September 10, 2019

Workshop for drama teachers

Theme: The Phenomenon of Control; duration: 4 days. Created in collaboration with Sanita Duka.

In the process of workshop, the participants had a chance to deepen their knowledge on performance art itself, phenomenon of control and methods of performance teaching that they are able to use in their work with pupils.

While working with the field professionals, teachers also worked in teams preparing their own performances that were presented to the public at the open session “Nekārtības miera ielā” (“Turbulence on Miera street”).

The main learning approaches used were learning by doing, knowledge construction, connectivism and systematic feedback.

This workshop is considered to be a part of support activities for teachers of high schools that are going to be influenced by changes in a nationwide education standard system. In 2020 all high schools in Latvia will have a mandatory drama course including performance art as a part of it.

Rīga, 2019

Photos: Monta Tīģere

Quotes form the participants

“All in all, this was a very valuable experience. It was effective and mind-opening. I observed the development of the deeper meaning of my creative expression. It happened through multiple layers – through body movement, through the mental field, through language and delicate plan of communication. I learnt a lot of useful practical exercises and procesual structures how to reach an awareness of a personal performance on a specific topic. I got to meet new friends and colleagues as well, I gained an experience, impressions, revelations, a possibility to share my views, skills and methods. I gained an understanding of what it means to move in the direction of performance art. During this process I stumbled upon many important ideas – performance art lets one look inside themselves while offering the opportunity to research such questions as “who am I”, “what is my relationship with myself, with others and the world in general?”, “what are the limits of my self-expression?”, “what are the values that are important to me?”, “what do I believe in?”, “what do I want to offer to the world?”, “what do I give from myself?”, “what is my world like?”, “what is my fantasy like?”, “how far am I ready to delve into the world of my fantasy, into my soul?”.”

“Performance for me is an aware formation of the creative energy. Form is a recursively eternal totality of reality fragments. Therefore the very process of formation can be called a performance, as well as the result of this process. The result can be defined as an object or the process itself. The creative energy manifests itself in every new moment through each individual in a unique way. That is why any specific performance will always be unique. The person who defines each performance is the artist.”

“I will definitely transform and use everything I experienced during this workshop in my personal work. I will transform this knowledge to specific educational purposes and goals while working in a group and individually. The exercises and techniques of the performance art let me get more familiar with myself, they helped me discover my creative potential in a similar way that meditation does. That is why the skills and knowledge learnt in this workshop help in developing of a personality, in shaping an understanding of society and life in general. I will structure this experience in such a way that it is possible to share with it in the most effective way.”

Transition 10-35

Uncategorized September 10, 2019

10-year-old girl comes out of the dark to annoy, feel upset and show off. Actually – to celebrate herself.

In this performance, I use body memory and objects from her childhood to awaken the energy typical at the age of teenage years. She transforms it from rough nervousness to playful being.

Vernéřovice, 2018

Photos: István Kovács

Riga Performance Festival 2018

Uncategorized September 10, 2019

Workshop for drama teachers

Theme: Space-in-between; duration: 5 days. Created in collaboration with Sanita Duka.

During the workshop, the participants investigated the nature of performance art and their personal space-in-between which was followed by the creation process of individual performances. There were various exercises, skills and approaches introduced which the participants are able to use to enrich their personal working methods.

This workshop was considered to be a part of support activities for teachers of high schools that are going to be influenced by changes in a nationwide education standard system. In 2020 all high schools in Latvia will have a mandatory drama course including performance art as a part of it.

Photos: Indulis Zālīte

The participants of the workshop have acquired (quotes from the participants):

  • a lot of useful practical exercises for body, mind, language and imagination;
  • new approach in supervising the process which leads to an original performance, as well as implementing this approach to one’s personal pedagogical work with different age groups;
  • multiple methods how to give, receive and use feedback in such a way that it supports and guide the main goal;
  • a new system to reflect on the work and inner processes of others and one’s own.

Shoes to choose

Uncategorized September 10, 2019

How do we break into life full of already established rules? Have we acknowledged our privilege to be thin and tall (in this case) and turned it into trump?

We still explore what happens (or not) when we stand tall wearing high heeled shoes or hunch small barefooted, when we walk brave like in fashion show or try to look invisible. It could be play, fight for survival, collaboration, not meeting at all or finding new possibilities.

In this performance, we explored the features of tall and thin body, searching for communication and marking it with sticking-tape. (Collaborating with Sanita Duka)

Tallinn, 2017

Photo: Endel Apsalon

Dreams at a stairway

Uncategorized September 10, 2019

Alienation in a soviet block-building. Fatality in Kafka’s manner. Suddenly, there is an error in the system…

A beautiful hyacinth appears on a dirty windowsill in an impersonal stairway. Soon another one shows up and neighbours start to interact with each other through post-its, presents, home-made waffles etc. creating a space for dreams, imagination and kindness (never actually meeting each other).

Rīga, 2016

Everything’s fine

Uncategorized September 10, 2019

“Everything’s fine, except the mess we’re in”, are the words detained young people use to describe their lives in the Cēsis youth detention center. “Everything’s fine” is also the name of a theater project in which dramatists from Latvia and Italy worked with young offenders in the colony for six months. [..]

In six months, six inmates of the youth detention center, working together with directors Alberto di Gennaro, Ilze Mazpane and Kristīne Ļeontjeva, have staged a play “Everything’s fine”.

The young people, the few that have made it through to the staging, are impersonating a chauffeur, a dancer, an auto mechanic, an athlete and a sage. (Read more.)

Cēsis, 2015

Photos: Kristīne Auniņa