I is another
Modern literature was quick to recognize the difficulty - the impossibility
even - of constructing a narrative with the "I" or the "ego"
as its unifying element, whether this was the author's own "ego" or
that of a fictional character.
Starting from a famous quote from the poet Arthur Rimbaud, - "I is
another" - the actors explore and comment on a series of different
types and prototypes-, returning again and again to the question of what constitutes
personal identity and actively encouraging the audience to reflect on this question
from different angles.
The "play" is not so much about the way professional actors recreate
a person's existential environment (what Bordieu calls the "habitus")
through posture, voice and gestures but rather about how people and bodies are
re-modelled to reflect the multitude of types available to us in modern society.
Are social classes, status, wealth, poverty, power, helplessness genetically
"determined" - or are they the result of ego- modelling? What defines
the individual and how? What factors can suddenly change a previously conventional
life? What is meant by character, ethos or point of view in a world of stage-managed
Today, "soft skills" seminars are presenting advertisers, job-seekers
and politicians with more ways of presenting themselves than ever before. This
inevitably raises questions about how the "I" is projected and about
its effect on others. Which "I's" are formed in these seminars? Occupational
"I's"? Genuine "I's"? In what ways does the position, the
job or "I can do nothing" the feeling shape one's sense of self? Who
am "I"? What constitutes "me"? Outward appearances, attitude,
the soul, character, education (what could be called "core capabilities"),
philosophy of life?
"I is another" mirrors on the physical as well as the verbal
level (reflected through the words of the text) what is happening everywhere
today as people invest in self representation and social role-playing!