4 million

Né Barros (Portugal) & Patricija Gilyte (Lithuania-Germany)


: Né Barros
Visual artist:
Patricija Gilyte
: Antanas Dombrovskij
: Andrius Stakele, Gotaute Kalmataviciute, Marius Pinigis and Ruta Lelyte
: Skaidra Jancaite
Light design:
Alexandre Vieira
: 11th of November, 2011

During her flight to meet Né Barros in the spring 2011 Patricija Gilytė was reading Lithuanian newspaper articles. One article stated that economical migration in Lithuania resulted the loss of one third of a million of local population during the last years, other article spoke about allocation of financial capital in Lithuanian markets. Both articulated the term million, which later came to be the starting point of the collaborative project and the metaphor 4 millions.

Styrofoam in the works of Patricija Gilytė is the extension of her own body. Generally in her performances and video works, Patricija makes an association between the surface of Styrofoam and the human skin, also she interprets landscape as the skin of the Earth. In some way this point of view was very much in connection to the creative universe of Né Barros. The choreographer has been exploring in her works notion of landscape, deterritorialization or borders and in doing that, Né Barros uses the body and its surroundings in a dramaturgy of moves and displacements where subject or object are no longer individual and physical object respectively.  The resulting work of this specific project was a lengthy dance performance, mediating between theatrical and performative event. According to Né Barros, here styrofoam becomes more evocative of a subjective land where the dancers are the walkers, constructors and the transformers and a symbolical representation of the issue of concrete migration. During the performance that special land is an extent of the dancers, is part of their bodies, is an extension of them evolving into the new territory and the new inhabitation of the performance “4 million“.

About project authors: Né Barros | Patricija Gilytė