Currently lives and works in: Prague (Czech Republic)
Practice: Theatre, film acting and directing; movement; performance; visual arts
I completed theatre and film acting BA studies at Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania) and I have a certificate of public communication studies as my minor studies here as well.
Right now I am studying alternative and devised theatre directing MA in Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Czech Republic).
During all these years, my focus and interest was switching from theatre acting, to theatre directing, to film acting, to movement, to film directing, to performance, to visual arts… and I still feel that all the knowledge and all the experience I was and still am collecting is broadening and I am still “making the soup” of all these ingredients to really find my way to do arts.
I was working in Kaunas City Chamber Theatre and Alytus City Theatre as an actor, I was a part of movement, film, theatre, performance and visual art workshops in the USA, Germany, Poland, Greece, Estonia, Czechia.
I am seeing myself as a continuously changing, growing and learning human being. My artistic work is merging visual arts, performance, installation, theatre and film. I think that one of the most important aspects of art and creation is playing. Thus, I keep on playing on the political, social and personal levels.
Areas of interest: Visual arts; Theatre; Performance; Film
Why are you a part of MagiC Carpets: We won a project in 2020 and started working under the name of MagiC Carpets, which is a great honour. I am proud and happy that Kaunas participates in this platform, which brings interesting and new contemporary artists to the city
Past projects you are proud of:
Title: Young Arts For Queer Rights and Visibility
This project was organised by ROOTS&ROUTES Cologne in 2018 and as you can see from the name, it focused on Queer people rights and visibility, which, in my opinion, is a very important topic in the world today and for me personally. In this project, I made three performances that were presented in Cologne and later on streamed online.
It is my first solo work that connects visual arts, camera and performance. It was made as an entrance video to Alternative theatre directing studies in Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
MagiC Carpets project: “Eiliuoti Šilainių Kiemai”
We have been working with people who live in Šilainiai area. We invited them to share their own poetry with us and record it in the studio. As a result, we had two recordings – one was made by actress Edita Niciūtė and myself, and another one – authentic one – recorded by people who wrote poetry. I need to say it is really touching. There is a lot of care and love in it.
As a final event, we organised the reading of their poetry, which took place specifically within the area of Šilainiai park. We read their poetry, and they were reading their own poetry. It was this nice, warm exchange.
It made me think about this big gap that still exists between the professional and amateur artists worlds.
What inspires you as an artist? Life. Generally speaking. We can make performances out of anything. When you start focusing on its visual side, texture, sound, weight, movement, etc. everything is saying something and giving different information. You just need to know how to collect it and make it work.
In this period of my life (2020) – physics, science, emotions and electronic music.
What do you think is the purpose of art? I feel that in this time, the purpose of art is shifting. It is also shifting for me and I am still searching for the answer. But being here and now I could say – ground and uplift; educate (meaning give some new knowledge); suggest a new perspective; and propose a shelter and operate as energy exchanging mechanism
Your favourite book(s): Antoine de Saint-Exupéry “The Little Prince”;
Poetry books; There was a time I was reading a lot of Alessandro Baricco, Haruki Murakami. His novel “After Dark” is still one of the most vivid in my head. Now I am reading “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Bessel van der Kolk, and “Overstory” by Richard Powers.
Your favourite film(s): There was a time, when I really enjoyed the works of Cristopher Nolan and Yorgos Lanthimos. Now I am following Gaspar Noé, Quentin Dupieux (if anyone is reading this – I think “Reality” is worth watching) and I am focusing now on more experimental or / and poetic films.