To me, Ruthless feels floaty, effervescent and conflicted. It sounds like it is from a place of conflict where love, hate, hope and hopelessness share the same bed. When Tristam sings the last line of the chorus, it resonates with me because it feels like he sings to himself or his alter ego.
" I wish I had some clue
Why I’m so ruthless to you "
The lyrics live far into the ether, expressing an angst that is too wide and too great to be directed to one person. For art to bleed, you have to cut yourself open and think of how you can share your blood to another through art. At this moment in my life, I am trying to understand who I really am and who is constructed by my own neuroses.
This is why I propose the concept for ruthless to be about two shadows who are estranged with each other. At one moment, they are wrestling with each other, and at another moment, they’re battling. The two shadows represent a duality inside.
We will cast twins or doppelgängers with a background in classical/contemporary dancing. I’m leaning towards doppelgängers who are comfortable in their own skin to fight or dance with each other. The two shadows represent the same person, a duality inside. In the end, they realise that one can’t live without the other, and make amends to all the things they have done to each other.
We take inspiration from Wong Kar Wai’s “Happy Together” and Johnnie To’s “Mad Detective.”
In “Happy Together,” moments of violence make the intimate scenes where they are dancing together feel narcotic. In these moments, the abused is flush with dopamines because, finally, they get to glimpse what loving and caring feels like, and the abuser’s shame is washed away because, finally, they get to glimpse what it feels like to be worth loving. In “Mad Detective,” the protagonist sees in every person their spiritual attachments. One person can have multiple spirits latching onto them, making them do things that are out of their character.
On surface level, it can look like an LGBTQ romance. However, the two shadows represent the same person, a duality inside.