Trilogy: The Dialectical, Breathe, and Funny
The Dialectical > Toronto > Unit 2 > 2013-14 > Duration: 10mins
In the Dialectical, two performers exhaust themselves in a turn-by-turn tug-of-war that concludes with an embrace. The performance imagines an ideal dialectic between gendered bodies.
Breathe is a sound piece that takes the simple yet vital act of breathing to its furthest extent of excess, exhaustion, and exacerbation. Over a period of 10-15 minutes, measured and meditative breathing slowly accumulates to the point of hyperventilation until reaching the climatic edge of complete exhaustion- a sudden lost of consciousness. The performacne explores the relation between the female body and the psyche and its capacity to navigate extremes.
Funny is a live performance of will, defeat, and humiliation. After a turn-by-turn tug-of-war, the male and female performers engage in a futile tackling match that inevitable sees the female underneath, being tickled to tears. The performance, rooted in anger, fear, and abuse, is a direct confrontation of male privilege and the consequential act of humiliation and acquiescence.