In 1977, psychologist Arthur Aron, together with a group of research colleagues, published the article "The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness."
In his research, Aron assembled 36 predefined questions designed for dialogue between two strangers, so that they gradually become more and more personal. According to the study, openness to another person and placing our selves in a position of vulnerability develops strong intimacy that will lead to immediate love.
Would you like to be famous? When did you last sing to yourself? When did you last sing to someone else? What is your most terrible memory? How close and warm is your family?
Between a talk show and Sunday confession this work shares intimate moments from the performers’ lives and creates an evening of sharing rather than a traditional performance.
“Ultimately we are all looking for connections with other people and believe that these 36 questions are a way of breaking down barriers and getting to know the individual.” Choreographer Rachel Erdos.
The work was created in Sweden for and with the 10 cast members of ilYoung 2018.
Choreographer: Rachel Erdos
Choreographer’s Assistant: Matan David
Rehearsal director: Lee Brummer
Creative collaborators and performers: Innana Argati, Felicity Boyd, Zoe Gay, Isabell Karlsson, Elias Kraft, Zofia Lundbäck, Rebecca Lång, Olivia Löfvander Stribeck, Linnea Malmström, Kyall Shanks.
Premiere: August 25th 2018, Stockholm, Sweden
Additional performances: Gothenburg, Gislaved, Härnösand