Seven Idiomatic Pieces – Apple of My Eyes

Performance: Concordia University, 2012

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and her performance partner sit facing each other, picking up an apple and looking at the apple with smiles

Chun Hua Catherine Dong and her performance partner sit facing each other, looking at apples, they are ready to make some actions

Chun Hua Catherine Dong is throwing apples to a wall one after one, all apples are smashed to pieces

Chun Hua Catherine Dong looks at a broken apple with smiles and then she smashes the apple on a wall

Chun Hua Catherine Dong smashes apples on a wall, the apples leave beautiful marks on the wall like an abstract painting

Chun Hua Catherine Dong looked at an apple with smiles, she examined it carefully, and them smashed the apple on a wall

“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