"Mi Hijo" (My Son) is a free adaptation of Rousseau's 'L'Emile'. It daringly utilizes modern corporeal technology - from segways to a show off of unnecessary amount of pricey wireless devices- to create a unique and compelling scenography. This theatrical piece intriguingly mocks Techno-optimism, subtly questioning the belief that technological advancement can readily solve age-old societal woes.
The performance delves into an essayistic exploration of the modern notion of childhood, scrutinizing Rousseau's debatable method of child-rearing—kidnapping a child to raise in the wilderness. This controversial act, a bid to cultivate a genuine free spirit, examines the whims of intellectual vanity and its ability to mold our comprehension of nature. In pushing narratives of children pushed to their brink, the performance critiques the ongoing conflict between ego and morality. It exposes the shifting social paradigms where children, once part of the industrial and farming workforce, are now subjects of intellectual debates and controversial upbringing methods.
The narrative initiates with the revelation of a product – my son, or rather, a conceptual portrayal of the idea of a son employing the simplistic rhetoric often characteristic of enlightenment found in TED Talks. Subsequently, the narrative winds around varying concepts juxtaposing parenting with technology. It touches upon the traditional idea of bearing children as a means of legacy, shedding light on the subtle selfishness deeply ingrained in men culture. This is depicted by drawing parallels between man's inherent desire for a successor, similar to a king's longing for an heir to his throne.
The performance culminates in a melancholic musical featuring a man desperately attempting to describe, through song and tap dance, his imagined ideal of a son. It portrays the relentless human need to control, reflected in the representation of the son as a device that can be switched off when needed.