One. One or one. One and one. One on one. One in one. One with one. One for one. Is there a place for interactions and differences in a world where individualism has reached its climax? Is the randomness of our connections enough to pass as humanity? Are our differences present enough to pass for diversity? Let’s try to contemplate a new model, by searching for poetry within a new reality. One. One and one. One and two.
Choreography: Simon Riccardi-Zani
Dancers: Lotte La Haye & Amber Van Veen
In Pursuit of Poles and Emperors
“If you march your Winter Journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin’s egg.” Apsley Cherry-Garrard
A work inspired by the 1922 publication ‘The Worst Journey in the World,’ an autobiographical account by Apsley Cherry-Garrard of Scott’s doomed Antarctic expedition. A story otherwise known for its failures, but which succeeds in capturing the abundance of all that had yet to be discovered. There is an urgency, and sense of wonder, surrounding the apparent limitlessness of the unknown, and a plenitude of all things ‘new’. A century later, much of our planet’s surface is known, but a new playing field has opened beyond it, where stores of the undiscovered, undocumented, and unconquered have been replenished. Whether for notoriety, or in the noble pursuit of knowledge, we continue to attempt these impossible journeys in the name of exploration.
Choreography: Emma Walker
Dancers: Lidia Caricasole & Jérémie Lafon
All visible borders have disappeared and all continents have been attached to each other [or merged into each other]. Cultures and languages mix, forming one nation; one country, with one single identity. With access to greater flexibility and opportunity, our identities—or how we choose to define and see ourselves—become looser and more abstract.
So I want to start by problematising identity. It seems that whatever toolkit we approach identity with — art, philosophy, psychology, whatever it happens to be for any given person — there is no simple, clear path [or answer] which holds true for a lifetime.
Will this new identity solve the issue of the migration crisis? Will gender equality and social justice be achieved by all communities that have been oppressed in the past? Will this new identity be the solution to past conflicts and wars?
Choreography: Chakib Zidi
Dancers: Nik Folini & Tara Dalli