The choreographic work is based on the psychological and metaphysical questions of the self – which can be interpreted as the compromise between ones true identity and its ego. Inspired by Freud’s analogy of the iceberg (the various levels of the mind) as well as on the old Chinese idea that pictures the ego like fire – ” keeps you warm and lights your way as long as the flame is under control, but once out of control, it only burns into destruction” – the choreographic work develops through alternating sections where sometimes one is in control and other times the ego takes the leadership. The main goal is to find balance within oneself and eventually to be freed from a eager, insatiable self-indulgent ego.
“Are our egos part of our identities, or a ‘conscious thinking subject’ implemented by social ideas?”, “Can one get completely detached from his ego or ever have absolute control over it? If so, what happens to ones identity?”, “How much of what we do is really what we want to do?”. These questions have raised and contributed to the development of the choreographic process.
The duet aims to explore the ego’s voice we have in our heads, sometimes playing as a higher power, putting us to self-judgement at all time, bringing us to self-definitions and limitations.
The project used mostly contact improvisation techniques as choreographic starting point.