In the mirror: Martin Butler’s “The Gemini Project“ in Amsterdam
Martin Butler expresses his fascination for lovers‘ tendency to develop the same habits, make the same gestures, have the same way of dressing and talking. Mirrorwise. On stage a number of framed transparent screens on wheels are, of course, functioning as mirrors. The dancers Mariangela Tinelli and Gaia Gonnelli are dressed in shiny, skin-tight costumes. While one of them studies herself in the mirror, coquettish and vain, the other places more mirrors around her.
Tinelli starts to move slowly, intensely watching her reflected image, opening a series of scenes marked by chapter numbers until the see-through mirrors are arranged in a line. They move towards the glass wall and study each other, moving synchronically as if they were looking at their own image in the mirror. The real and the double. Tinelli and Gonnelli touch their bodies, and slowly, by the change of lights, each appears to be the other’s image in the mirror. They turn into each other, and you lose sight of who is who.
Do we seek similarities with ourselves or do we try to shape our partner accordingly? While exploring such questions, Butler goes into concepts of resemblance, vanity and narcissism. A poem about the ...