Thick as Thebes

Photo: Shigeo Anzai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thick as Thebes was a “movement and image collaboration” by Pooh Kaye, Yoshiko Chuma, Claire Bernard, and Nina Lundborg. Atop a carpeting of dirt and donning capes made of leaves, the performers engaged in a series of rites or ritualistic movements. At times, in the midst of an outburst of movement, they would simply cease, contrasting struggle and ease in order to destabilize naturalized assumptions of the progressions of the body’s energy, motion, and exertion considered organic. The performers interacted with each other, at one point coupling, lifting up their shirts and touching stomachs, and the piece proceeded to end with them simultaneously approaching the audience and burying their heads in the dirt at their feet.

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