Seven Idiomatic Pieces -Chips on Shoulder

Performance: Concordia University, 2012

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and her performance partner covered their heads with red fabric, standing face each other

Chun Hua Catherine Dong unveiled herself and looked at her performance partner

Chun Hua Catherine Dong was picking chips

Chun Hua Catherine Dong unveiled herself and looked at her performance partner

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and her performance partner were holding an empty bamboo basin

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and her performance partner were looking at each other after finishing the chips on the bamboo basin

“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