“The condition of being oneself or itself, and not another”

“Condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is”

“The state or fact of being the same as one described”

“The sense of the self, providing sameness and continuity in personality over time and sometimes disturbed in mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia”

The word identity comes from latin and means “the same”.

If we would live truthfully and follow our physical needs wouldn’t we then react instinctively and therefore constantly be in change? To find authenticity we first have to recognize that we are ephemeral and can never stay the same. To stay “the same” you have to condition your body and mind to act in line with the image you have created of your self. The image is only fictional, a result of your analytical thinking which is colored by social and monetary structures.

Clearly, identity doesn’t exist.

Sally and Tuva are going to Holland!


In January and February 2015 Tuva and the dancer/choreographer Sally O’Neill  will be hosted by the theater General Oost in Arnhem to create an evening long performance piece with the work-in-progress title “Don’t Tell Me To Be Myself”. The show opens on February 5th and runs for five nights.

What is it “to be oneself”? Everyone takes on identities to survive in a capitalist system, but are even we as performers living in a paradox?

We will explore the simple phrase but complex action, of “being oneself”. What does it mean and is there such a thing as the self? What is the ‘self’ in relation to ‘reality’? One may say that the human’s search for happiness is the search for the self. In the moment of euphoria one let’s go of one’s self-consciousness and behave instantly without any intermediate state of thinking. Maybe there is nothing to achieve, only to let go of?

One actor, one dancer, and one musician. Behavior, movement and sound are all inherent primitive human needs that should not be a privilege based on one’s past.

We will let time pass, to allow things to happen, not to make them happen.

By giving up our awareness to our senses and rooting our work in set and instant improvisation we look for authenticity in an unconditioned physical body and mind. We hope by sharing this intimate exploration to evoke reflection and awareness as well as encourage the audience to take time to disconnect, to connect, to be, to let go, to trust, and to communicate.

We are ephemeral, we can never be the same and we have no identity.

More to come…

Tuva & Sally