Seven Idiomatic Pieces – Pay Peanuts

Performance: Concordia University, 2012

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and her performance partner sit in front of a toilet and look at a big pile of peanuts

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and her performance partner are shucking peanuts, they throw peanut shells on floor and store peanut seeds in their underwear

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and her performance partner are shucking peanuts, they throw peanut shells on floor and store peanut seeds in their underwear

Chun Hua Catherine Dong is dumping peanut seeds into a toilet

Chun Hua Catherine Dong is shucking peanuts while her performance partner is dumping peanut seeds into a toilet

Chun Hua Catherine Dong is shucking peanuts and storing peanut seeds in her underwear

“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