Ruta Butkute: Spell Action #1

Sat 25 Jan, W139
20:20 - 20:40
Full program & tickets W139

The performance Spell action #1 examines how objects set within a spatial environment interact with each other and can have a guiding effect on other bodies. An object in the space suggests how to move around it, while the space itself also determines the movement possibilities of such an object. During the performance, the structures, together with two dancers, perform a calculated choreography, simultaneously exploring the possibilities of the W139 space. Physical strength, discipline and coordinated actions are required to set those objects in motion, as well as to create a harmonious movement.

Rudolf von Laban - a dance theoretic, one of the pioneers of contemporary dance in Europe, had a strong impact on Butkutė‘s creative work and theoretical ideas. Contemplating on Laban’s movement analyses, the artist directed a choreography of objects and people in motion. The way in which an object is constructed and changed by performers forms the basis of the transformative movements from one sculptural form into the next. The constant changes in the choreography of the performance means that the installation transforms into a kinetic sculpture that invariably communicates with its surroundings.

Rūta Butkutė is a Kaunas-born artist currently living and working in Amsterdam. She studied at Vilnius Academy of Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academy and Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Butkutė actively organises solo exhibitions (Kaaistudios and Rosas P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, Fons Welters gallery in Amsterdam, Teruhiro Yanagihara gallery in Japan, etc.) as well as participates in group shows all over the world. The artist has also participated in various residencies and was awarded with several individual scholarships.

choreography: Ruta Butkute
performers: Artemise Ploegaerts, Yurie Umamoto

photo © Kees Janmaat