Seven Idiomatic Pieces -Beat a Dead Horse

Performance: Concordia University, 2012

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong looks at her performance partner and she is ready to rock the white rocking horse.

Chun Hua Catherine Dong is striking the white rocking horse with a whip

Chun Hua Catherine Dong holds the little white rocking horse and lets her performance partner to discipline it

Chun Hua Catherine Dong eats lots of banana in front of the white rocking horse and spit the pre-masticated banana to the white rocking horse

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and her performance partner are rocking the rocking horse wildly, the pre-masticated banana on the white rocking horse is spilled everywhere

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and her performance partner are rocking the rocking horse wildly until the rocking horse is felt apart

“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