It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate."The above quotation by Henry David Thoreau, triggered La Verita Dance Company to create Zero, a production based on Greek Mythology and specifically the myth of Narcissus, which takes us back into the past, but at the same time brings us even closer to the present. An extenstive study of the myth, the re-enactment of the story in present time, and the discovery of many hidden protagonists, resulted in the intertwining of four roles: Narcissus ,Echo, the Dog and the Lake.
Narcissus, a very handsome young man, fell in love with his reflection upon a lake. He drowned trying to touch it. Echo, a nymph, was cursed to repeat other people's last words. She fell in love with Narcissus and followed him silently. The Dog, Narcissus's best friend, escorted him during his wanderings in the forests. The Lake. Lake fell in love with her own image as seen through Narcissus's eyes. When Narcissus drowned, Lake transformed into a lake of tears because she would never be able to see her own beauty again.
This production is a comment on narcissism, egoism and their true reasons of existing. What was the actual reason that Narcissus vanished in the image of his own self? Is he fully responsible? Or not?