The desire to be forever young just doesn’t get old. The allure of eternal youth – and the related taboo of aging – are both a promise of the marketing industry and a healthy lifestyle catalyzed and propagated by social media. In 1890, Oscar Wilde put at the heart of his novel THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY a protagonist whose beauty and youthfulness outshine all else. Instead of him, his portrait ages as he indulges in the wild lifestyle of a narcissist: sex, intoxication, drugs, lies, murder. His hedonism has no negative consequences whatsoever. Narcissism has been on everyone’s lips for several years, a buzzword that has come to describe an entire generation perceived as egomaniacal.
At the intersection of dance and theater, Israeli choreographer Saar Magal examines this phenomenon in a crossover project. In a sensuous collage of Oscar Wilde’s PORTRAIT and film and pop references, she gets to the bottom of issues of desire, rejection, self-love, and the drive toward optimization.