A Solo Duet
“We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outnumbers the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.”
Richard Dawkins, Unweaving The Rainbow
A Solo Duet oscillates and shimmers before the audience. Literally it is a solo, yet at times we have an almost tangible sense of witnessing a duet.
The solo is performed three times. Each time an extra dancer is added, helping to blur the boundary between the real and the imagined, the actual and the potential.
Suffused with echoes and surrounded by ghosts of the non existent, A Solo Duet asks us to consider: who are we, that are here? And who, among those that do not exist, are joining with us in our own duet?
Concept & choreography: Balbir Singh
Composer: Jesse Bannister
Lead dancer: Sooraj Subramanium