“You’re Me” has a lot of accolades that make it look good on paper — Bessie Award-winning Faye Driscoll choreographed the duet and the Wexner Center co-commissioned the piece with renowned New York performance venue the Kitchen — but the dance explores an intimate space where none of those things matter.
“You’re Me” is about the identities we construct for ourselves and how we reshape those identities depending on the various situations we encounter. Using archetypal versions of myth and of male and femaleness, Driscoll and dancer Jesse Zaritt twist, leap, fight and crawl through re-creations of the duality of their relationship with each other (as male and female, and choreographer and performer) and the audience.
“Our imperfection agitates these containers of idealized embodiment we can’t quite fit ourselves inside,” Zaritt writes in the performance’s program notes. “‘You’re Me’ ruptures the seams that try to enclose us in the exertion toward perfection, a settled singularity of identification.”
What you are on paper, too, “You’re Me” seems to say, is just the beginning of the story.