This summer residence in rural Lithuania (hosted by Verpejų – Rural Residence for Artistic Research) allows Kotryna Žilinskaitė (performer/dancer and also director of the cultural organisation Užiateka – LT), Hasan Alp Celikel (sound and visual designer – TK), Paradise Now (sound and intermedia designer – BE/FR) to work together on the Tree stories project. This is conceived as interdisciplinary (dance, video, poetry and sound creation) and multifaceted (performance, audio-visual installation, video) process made from sound, visual and poetic material created during this artistic  research residence in a house traditional wooden house in the middle of the forest of southern Lithuania (in the Varéna region).

Inspired by the timeless poetry and mystical power of raw nature embodied by the tree at a time when man continues to destroy the natural environment of the planet as well as himself in a hellish suicidal race. The tree in general is a strong symbol (of the cosmos, of life, of strength…), and each tree in particular is a more specific symbol (the oak symbolizes majesty, the alder humility, etc. ) which can vary according to cultures and mythologies.

How to re/find this vital link between the underground and celestial, visible and invisible worlds?

How could we build a deeper relationship with them and learn valuable lessons? How can we better understand their silent and universal stories?

These are some of the questions that irrigate this creative process, which also refers to a deep reflection on our contemporary condition.

The first planned dissemination phase will take the form of a sonopoetic and choreographic performance in September 2022 in Vilnius (Uzupis Art Incubator) before the production of a video and an audio-visual installation.

Performance/dance – Kotryna Žilinskaitė, Hasan Alp Celikel
Sound creation – Paradise Now
Poetry – Kotryna Žilinskaitė, Philippe Franck

Tree Stories poem - The tree of Kotryna

You are lying on the bed
in the house of possibilities

You write for his highness King Tree that looks at you
from the height of its centuries of undisputed reign

You capture the waves of the forest gods
You dance with their shadows
You invite angels and genies
in the flight of your aspirations
to the senses, essences, essential

You are with them, in them, through them
You are the flaming leaf
of this Master Lime
who knows where the wind comes from
You are the edge of the sacred forest
you are fully

Philippe Franck
(Tree Stories project – Margones – 9 August 2022)

Kotryna Žilinskaitė (Lt)

Interdisciplinary artist who combines theatre, contemporary and butoh dance, and sound performances. Kotryna organizes festivals, and concerts, directs films and plays, creates and participates in artistic projects, performances, and happenings, and leads various creative workshops.

She is studying for a Master’s degree in Music Therapy at Vilnius University and working with the cultural organizations “Užiateka” and “Oasis – art therapy”.


Hasan Alp Çelikel (Tk)

Interdisciplinary artist who works in visual, performative arts, design, and music. Hasan’s journey in art started at an early age and has endured until now. He started his career as a progressive lead guitarist in his senior years and enrolled in Visual art studies at Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design University, Canada. Later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Ceramics faculty.

His specialty is sound sculptures created using Cymatics and designing melody percussive instruments since 2016. Hasan creates paintings, practices Butoh and Contemporary Dance, and writes songs and instrumental progressive music. The artist aims to illuminate the alchemy through a magical mind through the surreal expressions appearing in his work.

Paradise Now (Fr/Be)

Producteur et créateur intermédia basé en Belgique, Philippe Franck développe depuis les années 90 le projet Paradise Now qui privilégie une approche activement transversale et collaborative. Il choisit une approche sensible et cinématographique qui embrasse différentes influences et domaines (électronique, art sonore, post-rock, post-pop, musiques improvisées…). Il a travaillé en étroite collaboration avec divers vidéastes, poètes, chorégraphes, artistes visuels et multimédias et autres créateurs audio aventureux internationaux. Depuis 2005, il collabore également avec la performeuse holistique / masseuse Isa Belle (FR) pour un séries d’installations et de performances « sonores » présentées dans de nombreux festivals, centres culturels et événements internationaux. Il a également produit et participé à plusieurs disques sur différents labels indépendants (Sub Rosa, Optical Sound, Tiramizu, Transonic…).



  • 07 > 10.08.2022
  • Verpejų Art Residence


  • European Pepinieres of Creation, Transcultures, Užupis Art Incubator, “Verpejų” Art Residence, Užiateka, Menų Oazė