Two performers will play a game of inverted tug of war. As the performers compete they face each other, are locked in eye contact, and communicate motivational phrases to one another. These motivational phrases are sourced from prominent cultural icons in keynote, motivational, and self- improvement speaking and are rehearsed to reflect how tone, volume, intensity, and pacing shift audience perception of how the performers embody gender, competitiveness, aptitude, and self worth.