We don’t ask for anything
Your lives could have been unaffected
we don’t ask you to give all
it won’t make us more
than what is reflected
Can you see us all?
in the perfect sky
in the hills aligned
with a crooked smile?
oh oh, why
in due order is closely related to play and good worker in the fact that they function as a triangle. The approach in good worker was that of a duality and I was saying that it portrayed a metaphorical discourse between body and mind. If anything, play is showing us where body is going and in due order is showing us where mind has gone at the end of good worker. Imagine the rooms in play and in due order one above the other. It’s quite obvious, since they’re visually connected via a set of stairs. Many have noticed it. These two rooms can easily portray the two sides of the human brain.
You are probably familiar with this type of description:
Play would be the right side – colored, uncontrollable, chaotic, sensual, passionate, boundless. In due order would be the left side – as the name itself says, always controlled, perfectly synched, a mathematician, very logical, linear, always categorizing things. It’s easy to detect images suggesting this. Everything is perfectly aligned, there’s great use of squared objects (windows, the ikea shelves), the choreography is balanced, movements are on 8 beats, what’s done in the first four is immediately balanced on the next four. The music follows a perfect order itself.
The clumps and MO are in due order as well even if there’s an appearance they’re not. As opposed to play, where they were dancing on their own, each on his own beat, clumps are now controlled, synched, they follow predetermined steps, they’re obeying the beat. MO is always aware of her movements, eyes always on the camera, even when the camera moves in different angles, MO is still following and still creates perfectly balanced images with her body. Her outfit is perfect as well. Split her in half vertically and you’d get two perfect sides.
Hair plays an important role in depicting the same idea of perfect order. From Anton’s comment:
‘SWEETGRASS, the hair of Mother Earth and the power of emotional healing. It is literally is sweetgrass and often grows in dark, marshy places. It is braided to signify unity and strength. A single blade of grass represents an aspect of the living world, when separated it can be broken, but when braided it cannot be broken. When in ceremony, human hair is usually braided to signify that we are all one people and that our world vision is one of strong, united, supportive communities. Sweetgrass is a tangible metaphor for a unified world. Our task is to work towards a world community that is in harmony with itself. Sweetgrass soothes the emotions, calms the nerves, brings down the heart rate.’
I think it’s more than eloquent to sustain the idea above. Compare how hair looks in play and in due order and there you have it.
One thing that I really liked is this parallel:
It’s a nice way of portraying creativity and the process of conception. An idea/art is created in the same way as a human is created. A process of ‘fecundation’. Spermatozoa gathering around the ovary with the final purpose of birth. The two images side by side tell us how things work inside iamamiwhoami. From a scientific point of view. Because, of course, things in iamamiwhoami could also work as choreography goes in play. Totally random, yet part of the creativity process.
The 5X5 ikea shelves at the end of the video is, again, another sign of order. It’s a perfect shape. In numerology, 5 is the number of harmony and balance. Five is the first of digits that is in a constant state of balancing its own equation. Greeks held the number five as a representation of dispensing spiritual knowledge and considered it a vehicle for gaining proper spiritual understanding. The shelves are empty because they’re waiting for information to be categorized.
Not much else can be said about in due order. I could easily go into speaking about how the lyrics address who, but it’s quite obvious.
I recommend you also read 2020k’s audio analysis of the track because it’s done beautifully. Find it here.