Choreography: Liza Baliasnaja (LT/BE)
Performers: Liza Baliasnaja (LT/BE), Sidney Barnes (UK/BE), Amanda Barrio Charmelo (PE/BE) ir Stefan Govaart (NL/BE)

On 9-11th of November, Kaunas Artists’ House invited audiences to the international premiere of “Commensurate to be with”, a work which acts as an offer to the audience to move beyond the traditional context of dance performance. The proposal is an interaction between dance and a gallery, acting as an intervention to the monumentality of the city: the performances took place at Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery, the bastion of post-modern architecture in the very heart of Kaunas. This work served as an invitation to re-evaluate the relationship between the dancing body and the room it occupies. Through the use of unconventional space, both the gallery and the dance welcomed an unusual kind of gaze to witness the transformation.

The common goal of the performers is to work around the notion of synchronicity. The piece explores being together through a spectrum of spacial and temporal measures. “I am guided by a curiosity to understand what possibilities open up while dancing together rather than alone. What tools can be invented choreographically and performatively in order to achieve a shared sense of perception between the four subjects”, said Liza Baliasnaja, the choreographer of the piece.

“Commensurate to be with” allowed the audience to stay in their quotidian, with themselves. It is an establishment of a community that longs to be together.

Biographies of the performers

Liza Baliasnaja is a Lithuanian performer, dancer and choreographer currently living in Brussels. Since graduating from P.A.R.T.S. in 2016, Liza has been involved as a performer in the works of Mårten Spångberg such as “Gerhard Richter, une pièce pour le théâtre“ and „Natten“, Eszter Salamon in “MONUMENT 0.4: LORES & PRAXES (a ritual of transformation)“, Ula Sickle in “Relay” and in a recent work of Eglė Budvytytė. In 2017 she choreographed “Figures“- a collaborative project with a colleague Sidney Barnes. Liza is currently enrolled in BA of Philosophy in KU Leuven University. She is actively performing and developing her artistic work between Belgium and Lithuania.
Sidney Barnes is a dance and music artist from London. He graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in 2016. Ever since he has been composing music, working in the field of print making as well as choreography. As a performer, Sidney is involved in the works by Eszter Salamon and Mårten Spångberg.
Amanda Barrio Charmelo is a dancer and performer from Peru, currently based in Brussels. Since graduating P.A.R.T.S. in 2016 she has been working with internationally famous choreographers such as Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (ROSAS), Noé Soulier, Maud Le Pladec and Eszter Salamon.Besides working as a freelance artist, Amanda is studying in VUB university in Brussels.
Stefan Govaart is currently enrolled in the MA Comparative Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. He studied dance and performance in Berlin and Salzburg and graduated at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels in 2016. His artistic work focuses on poetry and performance. He performs in Eszter Salamon’s “MONUMENT 0.4: LORES & PRAXES (a ritual of transformation)“. Other performance work includes projects with Adriano Wilfert Jensen, Liza Baliasnaja and Antonia Steffens, all of which are forthcoming.

This project is organised by Kaunas Artists’ House.
Sponsors: the Lithuanian Council for Culture, General Representation of the Government of Flanders, “Ežerėlio vaivorykštė“
Partner: M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery
Media sponsors: Kaunas pilnas kultūros, Kauno diena