Two men perform a ritual, a playful and animal-like choreography. Through repetetive movements and attacks they create rhythmical beats. As their bodies melt into one but yet get separated – their relation becomes more complex. As lights and shadows are forming the room, the duet intensifies through physical attacks, -creating a visually expressive and intimate world. Schismogenesis is a collaboration between choreographers and dancers Tony Tran and Antero Hein.
Inspired by Gregory Bateson ‘s theory of schismogenesis, the project explores a form of physical partnering that affects and regulates the dynamics between two parties. Bateson uses the term schismogenesis to describe the progressive dynamic in a relation between groups or individuals. This process escalates as the partners interfere on each other’s boundaries, offering its spectators a sense of risk and vulnerability.