ECCE♀♂

July 2008

Approaching questions of where identity begins and ends through the medium of a character. The idea and inspiration for the solo came when we (Benno Voorham and Sybrig Dokter) met Paul Gazzola in the foyer of Dansens Hus in Stockholm during the Panacea festival. He was walking around with a clothes rack and offered people a temporary change of identity by means of putting on some clothes from the rack. One could leave ones own clothes for somebody else to slip into. The act of leaving your clothes and putting on somebody else’s was unexpectedly enjoyable as though you were leaving other things behind with the changing into the new identity. The reverse is possible also....

 

According to Foucault: “Bodily attributes and capacities (such as dressing, walking, looking) are acquired through the ‘brute outcome’ of imitation and doing. In other words, specific discourse can work upon you –can subject you- without necessary winning you over in your head.”
 
Identities are necessary constructions, or necessary fictions. We need them to operate in the world to locate ourselves in relation to others and to organise a sense of who we are. Emphasizing the invented character of identities however, does direct us towards the processes through which identities are forged or fictioned.
We have to create our identity to place us in relation to others. In the discourse with different persons it becomes clear who we are.
In the absence of other people we can recreate ourselves. Turning to our memories we can edit happenings and thoughts to our liking.
 
In 2004 we made a solo for Benno Voorham (ECCE) that had première at the Potsdamer Tanztage. In 2008, a second solo was made for Sybrig and we performed both solos as ECCE♀♂  at the Notafe festival in Viljandi, Estonia. 

 

 ECCE♀♂

© Nadja Voorham

Choreography and dance:      Sybrig Dokter and Benno Voorham
Music:                                             Muddy Waters, James Brown, Philip Jeck a.o.
Set and costumes:                      Sybrig Dokter and Benno Voorham

ECCE♀♂ is a production of LAVA-Dansproduktion.

 

Sybrig Dokter

Sybrig Dokter

Choreographer and dancer

Benno Voorham

Benno Voorham

Choreographer and dancer