Symbiosis

Performance : 2 hours at Art Mur, Montreal, 2013

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong invited a ballerina, a dominatrix, and a monk to improvise a performance at an exhibition opening in Montreal. The Ballerina is dancing and an audience might have a thought in his mind

Chun Hua Catherine Dong invited a ballerina, a dominatrix, and a monk to improvise a performance at an exhibition opening in Montreal. All performers are bowing to the dominatrix

Chun Hua Catherine Dong invited a ballerina, a dominatrix, and a monk to improvise a performance at an exhibition opening in Montreal. the ballerina is trying to hold the dominated girl's hand

Chun Hua Catherine Dong invited a ballerina, a dominatrix, and a monk to improvise a performance at an exhibition opening in Montreal. the ballerina is dancing while the monk is meditating

Chun Hua Catherine Dong invited a ballerina, a dominatrix, and a monk to improvise a performance at an exhibition opening in Montreal. the dominatrix is putting needles on the dominated girl's arm

I invited a professional ballerina, a dominatrix who has over 25 year experiences in Montreal BDSM scene, and a monk (performed by an performance artist), to an exhibition opening to improvise a show without any rehearsal. The only instruction I gave to them was to try to engage with each other about every 10 minutes. In this performance, I try to blur boundaries between high art and low art, religion and fetish, private and public, striving to install a model for social transformation that possibly could create a new way to look at utopia.

performed by Paula Duffy, Vikou Qi’anne, and Mistress Sugah, and cyranova
photo by Eric Tschaeppeler