I compost my fear
I lick up my smear
I sharpen my instincts
I slow down my heartbeats
The performance is a choreography for three performers that slowly unfolds around a specially conceived song that drifts between different mindsets, tones, voices and frequencies. The soundtrack fluctuates between fierce instructions directed at the listener, silent moments, tender melodies and intimate musings. The performers' movements respond to this soundscape, supporting the words with their bodies and gazes.
The ground and its composting soils are important motifs for the artists in developing this new work. Gravity has a lot of pull in the choreography; bodies move slowly, through downward horizontality and surrender. The ground is where materials rot and break down, while new growth simultaneously takes formation.
The piece is plea for slowing down, for staying with the in-betweenness, and expanding the capacity for feeling and listening.
Eglė Budvytytė and Marija Olšauskaitė have collaborated since 2019. Their new work Song Sing Soil is part of their duo exhibition at Vleeshal Center for Contemporary Art. The film Songs from the Compost: Mutating bodies, Imploding Stars (2020), made in collaboration with Ona Julija Lukas Steponaityte was part of the main exhibition The Milk of Dreams at the Venice biennale 2022.