Jeremi Biziuk, "kitarumo"
-Catching Wind (2023)
-I'm gonna stay here for a while, so let's have some tea while we have time (2022)
-Leszy and Zmora (2023)
-A Pink Room for a Pink Dog (2021)
-A series of costumes and instruments dedicated towards recent and future performances, "Leszy" and "Zmora" are two sets of handsewn wearable pieces with accompanying musical items, all of which are based on the respective slavic folklore.

"Leszy" is a mythological creature said to be the guardian of the forest, the flora of the woods.

"Zmora" is a more sinister creature towards the human kind, as it's a human soul which disturbs those who sleep.

They each carry, respectively, a Jouhikko - a Finnish string instrument shaped into a box with two to three horse hair threads, and a Baglama - a string instrument with tied gut as frets.
To focus on the harmony of body and sound one can submerge himself into a practice resembling a ritual. Embodying the wearable cover can detach the mind from what is around and focus on the experience of the sound and the action of its creation.
The practice of performing arts is one which gathers people in a specific time and place, often for a specific purpose yet of open and undetermined outcome for an individual or a group.

Through acts involving ritualistic elements, such as costumes and music, which have been for centuries the core parts of group experience in gatherings, a space is created where individuals can join in an effort of active participation. The purpose of it being:

-firstly to be absorbed in the spirit of a group,
-to detach oneself from what is seemingly outside of their immediate surrounding,
-to immerse themselves into the space and time shared by the fellow participants and actors,
-lastly to resurface with a mind provided a different context to what they came with.
Through the use of costume, individuals can temporarily cast away their ego and are tempted to enter a shared moment with others who are sharing the space and time in a unison of participation. Sound is a great tool for such harmony between various bodies, as it travels not based on visuals, but on physical experience of the body.
Photos by: Mina Yee (2023)
a bell,
a string,
a heavy piece of fur,
a horn,
a ghost,
a forgotten
sound of strings,
stretching, howling, calling out
to those who sleep.
-Czort and Gusle (2023)