A Hefty flood

"It is probably no mere historical accident that the word person, in its first meaning, is a mask. It is rather a recognition of the fact that everyone is always and everywhere, more or less consciously, playing a role... It is in these roles that we know each other; it is in these roles that we know ourselves.

In a sense, and in so far as this mask represents the conception we have formed of ourselves —the role we are striving to live up to —this mask is our truer self, the self we would like to be. In the end, our conception of our role becomes second nature and an integral part of our personality. We come into the world as individuals, achieve character, and become persons."

Ervin Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

The performers shared with me their desires, dreams and rolls they would like to play or to be. Through those personal stories we created A hefty flood.

“You are more authentic the more you resemble what you have dreamed of being”

Premiered: March 8, 2018 at Zuiderstrand, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Commissioned by Nederlands Dans Theater

Performers: Amanda Mortimore, Nicole Ishimaru, Rachel McNamee, Guido, Boston, Miguel Duarte, Tess Voelker, Aya Misaki

Assistant Choreographer: Nina Botkay

Music: Yamila

Costume Designer: Daphna Munz

Light Designer: Loes Schakenbos

Photographer: Joris Jan Bos