Jana Jacuka
Mar 09, 2021

Currently works and lives in: Rīga, Latvia.

Practice: Performer and choreographer.

I graduated from the Contemporary Dance department at the Latvian Academy of Culture in 2018. I actively work as a performer and choreographer in Latvia, but I’m also interested in how to use my body-oriented knowledge in the fields of sound design and visual art. I really enjoy fragility, documenting personal experiences (those of others and myself). I often find myself daydreaming and recreating memories in my works.

Areas of interest: Cooking, daydreaming, writing, sound, visual arts, dramaturgy and performances.

Why are you a part of MagiC Carpets: I had a wonderful opportunity to create a community during our MagiC Carpets project. We created a community which was very needed in Latvia but didn’t exist before. We gathered women who suffered domestic violence, providing them anonymity (if they preferred it) and created together with them the “Physical Evidence Museum”.

What inspires you as an artist? For now – unfairness, all that I can remember, have experienced or have been just a witness.

What do you think is the purpose of art? Sharing experiences in a very subjective form.

Your favourite book(s): Coloring books.


Physical Evidence Museum is a silent exhibition with live elements on a the display in an ordinary apartment. Its exhibits are things that have witnessed violence. No court would ever recognise them as credible evidence. Here, however, these everyday objects speak louder than deadly silence that follows the act of violence. On the final day of the exhibition, the 24h marathon of public readings will be held – a symbolic act to confront the silence with voice.

Other projects

Routine of fear

“I’m afraid that today might not be successful,” says Jana in the performance and brings you into a fragile world where fear is not a sign of weakness, but rather a survival mechanism in the daily life, relationships, at home, at work, on the street. The routine of fear has become part of Jana’s everyday life, butlife but is that how it should be?.
How safe does a young woman feel as she is growing up? How can the safest space become the most dangerous? What are we speaking out about and what are we remaining silent about? The solo piece by choreographer Jana Jacuka is a personal story of a young woman about the world of the “weaker” sex.

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