Choreographic Objects: The Bible

¨Not a substitute for the body, but rather an alternative moment for the understanding of potential instigation and organization of action to reside. Ideally, choreographic ideas in this form would draw an attentive, diverse readership that would eventually understand and, hopefully, champion the innumerable manifestations, old and new, of choreographic thinking.¨  -William Forsythe.

Description of performance:

Purchase bible from church. With right hand, tear out page by page beginning from the back of the bible. With left hand, record each tear, repeating the tear incessantly, developing the mechanics of the task with emphasis on certain trends, ie. speed of tear, force of tear, direction of tear, sound of tear, etc.

Duration: About 20 min a day for 8 days to finish.

This footage was played on a television that sits in an ice-cream parlor in downtown Mexico City.