“I’m tired of executing others’ choreography. I want to learn to see the world” Polina “Polina”, an artistic French movie co-directed by Angelin Preljocaj and Valerie Muller, features a gifted Russian girl trained in classical ballet searching for her ide ...
“I’m tired of executing others’ choreography. I want to learn to see the world” Polina
“Polina”, an artistic French movie co-directed by Angelin Preljocaj and Valerie Muller, features a gifted Russian girl trained in classical ballet searching for her identity in dancing. The movie described how Polina was seriously trained by a famous male ballet teacher in Russia during childhood. She was later being admitted to the Bolshoi Ballet School. Shortly after the admission, Polina decided to go to Paris with her boyfriend to explore new way of dancing. Although Polina faced a lot of obstacles in her search for identity, she had committed her passion in pursuing modern dance and choreography.
According to a renowned psychologist Erik Homberger Erikson, the key elements of ego identity in adolescence is Identity versus Role Confusion. During adolescence, a person has an identity synthesis with an emerging new identity configuration. With common social domains of identity expression, work roles, ideological values, relationships and sexuality; a key outcome of an optimal resolution is the capacity to make identity-defining commitments and follow them over time.
James Marcia, a psychologist well known for elaborating Erikson’s stage of Identity versus Role Confusion, proposed two dimensions, exploration and commitment. Marcia stated that there are four identity statuses: Foreclosure (low exploration, high commitment), Diffusion (low exploratiion, low commitment), Moratorium (high exploration, low commitment), Achievement (high exploration, high commitment). Those in the Achievement status have undertaken meaningful identity explorations before committing themselves to personally important adult work roles and ideological values. Those in the Foreclosure status are based on identifications with significant others, adopted without significant identity exploration.
Polina’s identity status is probably the Achievement status, she is brave enough to give up contiuing a career in classical ballet and explore her own way of performing dancing through exploration. She also has high level of commitment in pursuing her career development once she has choosen a way of her own in dancing. From adolescence to adulthood, a person needs to explore in different life domains in order to have a holistic identity emerging. As parents, it is more appropriate to let children to explore before choosing a narrow path too soon.