I fought with my twin, that enemy within, ‘til both of us fell by the way (Bob Dylan).
We are born alone, but twins are born together. We feel unique, but identical twins are doubles. Twins are an exception of nature that makes us think about who we are. How much of our identity is written in our blood? How much is a result of the way we grow up? How much is just coincidence?
The work of Lola Arias plays with the borderline between reality and fiction. Esther Becker, actress, and Anna K. Becker, director, are identical twins. They were born from the same egg at the same time, they were raised together, they do theatre together. All their life, they were on opposite sides of a mirror.
Inspired by their personal experiences as well as other twin stories and studies, the Argentinian author and director Lola Arias developed this piece. As a never ending song, a love letter to the alter ego, a speech for two voices sharing memories, thoughts, fears, fictions and scientific results, this monologue in stereo reflects how we construct our identity in the mirror of the other.
Text and Direction Lola Arias
With Anna K. Becker and Esther Becker
Concept Becker, Becker, Arias
Music Ulises Conti
Set: Dominic Huber, blendwerk
Video Mikko Gaestel & Stefan Schmied, Expander Film
Choreographic Collaboration Tamara Saphir
Production and Assistant Director Jana Burbach, Rahel Haeseler
This play was presented in
Festival Theaterformen, Branchweig