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Soetkin Demey graduated from the Brussels Rits school of theatre as an actress. Though she has played several times in creations by Manah Depauw, she identifies herself mainly as a theatre maker.
In her master year at the Rits she creates two solos exploring identity versus the body (coach was Bernard Van Eeghem), in order to ‘scientifically’ know oneself from inside to outside. What is it which makes me me? Is it these breasts or the way in which my breasts move while I am who I am? Did I get these breasts because I was ready for it or because my body was? Can the body be separated from the mind? Can I reach a point where all you see, is a neutral presence of a woman? What form, then, is neutral?
In her research she looks for materials to accentuate this friction between the body and how and what you feel in this body, always starting from autobiographic elements. In her solo ‘insert picture here’ (2010) about anorexia she uses tape to literally make a second skin, in ‘Song from the childhood’ (2011) she uses cardboard to make a second self. In 2012 she will work further on the solo ‘i am some body parts’.