The Most Fascinating Problem In The World
Choreographer: Tom Weinberger
Created for ten dancers of NDT2, The most fascinating problem in the world is a piece constructed to the lecture the Myth of Myself by Philosopher Alan Watts. The performers give life to the ideas brought forward by Mr. Watts as they illustrate them with their bodies, seeking to bridge between the text and the observer. Using the musicality, mannerism, and humor in Watts’s speech the performers offer both light and intense physical interpretation for the themes brought to surface by Mr. Watts. Finding ways of expressing an ever-pungent point, that all that exists is related to, and is a part of one whole cosmic weave.
“I believe that if we are honest with ourselves, that the most fascinating problem in the world is “Who am I?” What do you mean, what do you feel when you say the word “I”, “I, Myself”? I do not think there can be any more fascinating preoccupation than that because it is so mysterious, it’s so elusive. Because what you are in your inmost being escapes your examination in rather the same way that you can not look directly into your own eyes without using a mirror, you can’t bite your own teeth, and you can’t touch the tip of this finger with the tip of this finger. And that is why there is always an element of profound mystery in the problem of who we are.”
Choreographer and director: Tom Weinberger
Dancers: NDT 2
Text: Alan Watts – Myth of Myself Full Lecture Part 1 – Alan Watts Organization Official
Rehearsal director: Francesca Caroti, Lydia Bustinduy
Assistant to choreographer: Milena Twiehaus
Light: Tom Weinberger
Costumes: Yolanda Klompstra
Music design and composition: Matan Daskal
Johannes Brahms, played by Yo Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax: Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 9: II Adagio affettuoso. Published by Sony Music B.V.
Johan Sebastian Bach, played by Glenn Gould: Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827: VI. Scherzo. Published by Sony Music B.V.
Layers by Matan Daskal
The most by Matan Daskal