Dance Performance “Banana Dream”
“When describing yourself, it’s easier to say what you’re not, how you’re not doing, what you’re not dreaming about.”
Lithuanians like to struggle; this is exceptionally true when trying to find out one’s identity. The characters, B&B, seeing a long pointless effort, are making a connection to study identity from another – less explored – angle.
Let’s think outside the box: what am I not? I am special, so am I not Instagram or Facebook? Am I neither a minority nor a majority? Am I proud of myself? Do I try not to please anyone?
B asks and B answers. What are we doing here? We look in the mirror but the image is obscured by the surrounding opinions, values and beliefs. Am I making myself independent from any distractions? Everything belongs to someone, even our dreams, aspirations, desires – they are all the same mirror. Yet it turns out that we only become something more when we belong to the circle of popular influencers… That is not the question. Can I be myself and imitate nothing? Every identity imitates something. Can I not have an identity? Yes. So why search for it so much? It is when we identify with someone, we start to like someone for their outer form but not their inner-self. Banana Dream is a clash of two worlds. One is dominated by black, the other by yellow. At first glance, the worlds have the same form and identical movement. Human creation has gone too far to allow completely identical phenomena to exist. Therefore, small differences suggest something more peculiar than you expected from your usual world.
Idea and choreography: Agnietė Lisičkinaitė and Greta Grinevičiūtė
Performance: Agnietė Lisičkinaitė, Greta Grinevičiūtė, Emilija Karosaitė, Ugnė Laurinavičiūtė
Set design: Renata Valčik
Visuals: Julius Kuršis
Premiere: 19 December 2018, Arts Printing House, Vilnius (Lithuania)