we are special
We are special was made for Nasjonalballetten UNG in 2016, with the dancers Klara Mårtensson and Luca Curelli.
We Are Special is inspired by Marina Keegan's short story Song for the special, and deals with how every generation of young people claims to be different than previous and future generations, and that the time in which they are young is unique. The dancers' movements are based on audio from youtube videos, where two young people expose themselves in very different ways.
«We have the Internet. Millions and Billions of doors we can open and shut, posting ourselves into profiles and digital scrapbooks. Suddenly, we’re threaded in a network so terrifyingly colossal that we can finally se our terrifyingly tiny place in it. I blame the Internet. Its inconsiderate inclusion of everything. Success is transparent and accessible, hanging down where it can tease but not touch us.
We talk into these scratchy microphones and take extra photographs but I still feel like there are SO MANY PEOPLE. You can be anything, they tell us. No one is quite like you. But I searched my name on Facebook and got eighty tiny pictures staring back. The Marina Keegans with their little hometowns and relationship statuses. When we die, our gravestones will match.
I´m so jealous, Laughable jealousies, jealousies of everyone. How presumptuous! To assume specialness in the first place. As I age, I can see the the possibilities fade from the fourth-grade displays: it´s too late to be a doctor, to star in a movie, to run for president. There’s a really good chance I´ll never do anything.»
Marina Keegan (1989-2012)
Review Vårt Land: http://www.vl.no/kultur/anmeldelse/ungdom-i-farta-1.721870