I read a lot about dragonflies and ants and I got very different and new information about their social and mental systems. For me now it’s a question of character: the person who is very light, very natural is a person of arts; and that person is not needed in the system of the ant where everything is rational, predetermined, structured, very strict. This is a very philosophical question because it highlights the clash of the society and the individual.
Tatiana Baganova, Interview with Dance ICONS (International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography)
Helmets resembling the fencing masks of rapier fighters or beekeepers, and strange elongating "pipes" are only a taste of the piece’s design and choreography. In fact, it does not tell us a story about the life of insects. The story is about the attempts of coexistence with "the like" and "the others." It is not easy to find a common language between the "ants", stuck on the ground, carrying the weight of responsibility and the easy, light "dragonflies" who are not afraid of high supports.
A conflict of insects is an occasion to talk about our capability to stop denying a stranger and sometimes even accepting his way of life. As usual, the choreographer puts her own twist on the story. Baganova interprets the parable as an allegory for the interaction of a person of arts with "ordinary" people.
…Avoiding the straightforwardness, the choreographer still clearly outlines the beginning of the plot, the climax, and the finale. It leaves a strong impression on the audience, transmitted by the strength of muscles and ligaments. Are we ready to see the objective reality? Are we mentally capable of perceiving reality on our own, without believing everything that is imposed on us?
Tatiana Baganova’s (Provincial Dances Theatre, Ekaterinburg) choreographic piece at first had no name: the audience was invited to come up with its own ideas for the title at the premiere showings. As a result, someone thought of "Imago", meaning one of the stages in the development of an insect, in reference to "dragonflies" and "ants". […] Stemming from the classic fables of Krylov, La Fontaine and Aesop, Baganova created a poetic, inspired dance parable about a Man and a Woman, the clash of Masculine and Feminine, and the life of the Soul and the Body.
Daria Andreeva, Snob