MAKE ME THINK US

2019

performance

They look at us

Wondering why we are

Wondering how you and I

Became us

Make Me Think Us is a duet between two performers in which they internalise the most outward layer of one's identity: clothing. Putting on different clothing items on the same body creates differences in one's being. An outfit changes your state and your presence. One can disappear by wearing the right outfit, the other can stand out. You can make clear that you are at your job or on your way to a fancy Christmas party. 

Clothes get a target audience when fabricated​, some are made for kids, others for women, men, elderly... Within Make Me Think Us the performers create personae for different clothing items that do not necessarily stroke with what society would imprint on those clothes. 

What is the meaning of clothing? A wardrobe is build on choices made by the wearer. How are those choices being made? By color, shape, size, brand, target audience...? The performers start playing with these choices. What happens when you wear something three sizes too small? What happens when when someone wears dress with combat boots or a pyjama with high heels? 

Do clothes make the man? People judge someone based on their clothing and treat them accordingly. But on a deeper level this phrase can mean that by dressing in a certain manner one can actually shape their behaviour and affect the way they perform

Gender also has a concrete effect on clothing, fashion has been divided in a very binary way: women's fashion and men's fashion. Steffi wants to shake this status quo on its head by using gender neutral clothes, or enforcing gendered clothing into a neutral and non-binary fashion. 

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Statework was a guiding tool throughout the creation proces of Make Me Think Us. Statework - inspired by the interpretations of performer Michel Yang - is a technique in which imagination, interpretation, theatricality and physicality become one. It looks into body posture and body language by specifying one's context, situation and substance. How does the persona that is created move? How does the persona interact with others? While using this technique in led improvisations, the performer gets a more complete picture of who or what this persona is. In Make Me Think Us statework was used to build a foundation for those different personae.

The first part of the performance explores how clothes affect one's being and how it can - subtly - change your body language. In the second part the performers make an attempt to continue the evolution of their personae without the necessity of clothes.

Make Me Think Us is an exploration of two individuals pushing the boundaries of clothing and an invitation to use your own outside layer to look into your deepest internal core. 

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CREDITS

director

Steffi Mennen

dance

Jacopo Buccino

Steffi Mennen

created with

Jacopo Buccino

Kosta Bogoievski

concept

Steffi Mennen

Pieter Desmet

movement assistant

Machias Bosschaerts

dramaturgy

Coco-Noemí Jiménez

thanks to

Herman Van Drie

with the support of

CC De Warandepoort

residencies

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Het Oude Badhuis

Campo Victoria

photography

Jonathan De Maeyer

Make Me Think Us is part of 

the online archive of Platform In De Maak

DATES

CC De Warandepoort

Het Oude Badhuis

De Kotroute

De Kotroute

Festival RUDI

Festival RUDI

BOM Festival

BOM Festival

14.12.2019

13.03.2020

05.05.2020

07.05.2020

28.08.2020

29.08.2020

25.09.2020

26.09.2020

Tervuren . Belgium 

Antwerp. Belgium 

Antwerp. Belgium 

Ghent. Belgium 

Ghent. Belgium 

Ghent. Belgium 

Ghent. Belgium 

Ghent. Belgium 

canceled Covid-19

canceled Covid-19

canceled Covid-19

canceled Covid-19

canceled Covid-19

canceled Covid-19

canceled Covid-19

connected projects & researches

THE BODY AS THE MANIFESTATION OF THE IDENTITY