Seven Idiomatic Pieces -Cry Over Spilt Milk

Performance: Concordia University, 2012


Chun Hua Catherine Dong and a monk meditate in front of seven circles that was made with salt

Chun Hua Catherine Dong is a soldier and she is meditating in front of salt and milk

a monk is meditating in front of a soldier in Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance

Chun Hua Catherine Dong throws rocks into milk as a way of meditation

Chun Hua Catherine Dong uses salt to build circles, there is milk in the middle, she dresses like a solidier and sits opposite to a monk, they throw rocks into the milk

“Seven Idiomatic Pieces” is a performance series that explores mistranslations and metaphrase in language by reenacting seven English idioms. Although idioms might not make sense for many non-English speakers, I found out that they are like ready-made scripts that can be performed. For instance, the idiom, “the apple of my eye,” consists of two elements: apple and eye. However, what interests me most is how to use the two elements that seemingly have no connections to each other to make a performance in order to convey meanings or emotions. “Seven Idiomatic Pieces” focuses on the surface of the language and translates idioms into performative actions and gestures.

performed by Tran Chovic, photo and video by Shannon Harris