Is It a Boy or a Girl?

Performance: 25 minites at Qouleur Festival, Montreal, 2014

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at Qouleur Festival in Montreal: she and her performance partner were walking around two buckets while looking at each other

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at Qouleur Festival in Montreal: she and her performance partner looked at their own reflections in their buckets and disagreed with each other

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at Qouleur Festival in Montreal: she was dumbing her saliva from her bucket to her performance partner's bucket, they mixed their saliva together

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at Qouleur Festival in Montreal: she and her performance partner looked at their reflections of themselves in buckets while dripping saliva

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at Qouleur Festival in Montreal: she and her performance partner stood in from of two buckets, looked at each other while shaking their hands

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at Qouleur Festival in Montreal: she and her performance partner carried their own buckets and left

“It’s a Boy or Girl” is a 25 minute performance that deconstructs sex/ gender binary through creating a scene about gender debates between two research colleagues.

A female and a male, carry two buckets to the stage, they meet at the centre of the stage and put their buckets on the floor; they face each other, shake their hands, slightly low their heads, and look at their buckets. They open their mouths and let their saliva dripping.

“ It’s boy.”  The female looks at her bucket, and says with a firm tone.
“ No, it’s a girl.” The male looks at his bucket, disagrees.
“ No, it is a boy!” The female raises her voice.
“ No, it is a girl!”  The male raises his voice too.
They looked at each other, and then they exchange their standing location. They shake hands, slightly low their heads, and look at their new buckets.

“ Yes, It’s boy.”  The female says with a firm tone.
“ No, it’s a girl.” The male disagrees.
“ Yes, it is a boy!” The female raises her voice.
“ No, it is a girl!”  The male raises his voice too.
They look at each other, lift their own buckets, and walk away with anger. The put their buckets in front of stage, look at their own buckets, and drip their saliva again.

“ Yes, It’s a boy.”  The female points to her own reflection in her bucket, says with a firm tone.
“ No, It’s a girl.”  The male disagrees.
They walk back to the centre of the stage, mix their saliva they collected, and look at their buckets again.

“Is it a boy?”  The female  says with uncertain tone.
“Maybe it’s a girl.” The male says.
“Maybe it’s both.” The female says.
“Maybe it’s just a human being.” The male says
“ Human being.” The female repeats.
“ Human being.” The female confirms.
They raise their heads, looked at each other, shake their hands, lift their buckets and leave the stage.

This work was performed at Legacy, Qouleur Festival, Montreal, 2014, and re-shoted it later

performed by Viku Chan
photo courtesy of the artist