Music and Media Performance
Based on the accounts of people who’ve experienced anxiety and panic attacks, with additional texts by Seneca and Cicero
VIOLIN: Lora Kmieliauskaitė
COMPOSER: Dominykas Digimas
VIDEO DIRECTOR: Kristijonas Dirsė
PROJECTIONS: Kornelijus Jaroševičius
DRAMATURG: Rimantas Ribačiauskas
COSTUME DESIGNER: Morta Nakaitė
SENSOR DESIGNER: Marius Čivilis
VOCALS CONSULTANT: Rupert Enticknap
MOVEMENT CONSULTANT: Živilė Virkutytė
SPONSORED BY: Arts Printing House Young Artists’ Programme “Open Space 2018”
DURATION: 45 min
RECOMMENDED AGE: 14+
DATE: 29 September 2019, 13:00
VENUE: Arts Printing House, Pocket Hall (Šiltadaržio str. 6, Vilnius)
Free entrance, limited seating available.
Responsibilities, expectations, deadlines, bottlenecks, screens… We’ve become used to anxiety. We’ve come to expect it as an inevitable part of contemporary life. However, ancient Greek and Roman philosophers were aware of it and wrote about it. The concept later disappeared from medical dictionaries for several centuries, hiding under different names, but Freud brought it back into usage in the second half of the nineteenth century.
In this performance, anxiety is not simply a theme: it is the basis for experiments with music and digital technologies.
How do involuntary body movements (or tics) – which often accompany panic and anxiety attacks – affect an instrument as well as the live performance of a musical composition? What happens to the sound of an instrument when a performer experiences anxiety on stage and allows the feeling to grow and take over the body?
To allow the audience to observe these experiments, the performance uses a synthesis live and electronic music, visual art, and sensors attached to the body of violinist Lora Kmieliauskaitė. The precise interaction of the various elements in this live performance is measurable in milliseconds.
Underlying this attempt at experimentation are the experiences of the creators, some of whom have experienced anxiety disorders, who wish to unveil this state sensorially and energetically, transposing it from the level of subjective experience to a communal performative act for all. This Order Goes Wrong is a meditation on anxiety which demonstrates that what one person suffers individually is also interhuman and universal. Perhaps even controllable and conquerable.