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Match is a duet that takes relation as sport and emotion as score. Two players test the grounds of competition itself, but the rules are always changing. Adapt or perish. Produce or perish.
First, we play by the rules: head-to-head, hand-to-hand, toe-to-toe, eye-to-eye. We are so charming until we bare our teeth. As we externalize aggression, we find a deluge of affects contained inside. These emotions ride the line between sincere and synthetic, compulsion and manipulation. Then we find the rules to be grotesque. We might reject them altogether. We merge; we mirror; we are sizing each other up. We know we want to be better than you. Matching begins in agreement but sets the stage for comparison and envy. Do we choose solidarity or individualism? This is not a duet, and there is no prize.
Creation and performance: Emily Gastineau, Vilma Pitrinaite – Support: Fillimit Platform / KoresponDance Festival (Zdar nad Sazavou, Czech Republic), ATLAS Program / Impulstanz (Vienna), Lithuanian Council for Culture, Fresh Oysters Performance Research (Minneapolis, MN, US), SE.S.TA Coaching Residency (Prague), workspacebrussels, Garage29 (Brussels)
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