The first iteration of The Pronouns project, a series of performance based on the book The Pronouns: A Collection of 40 Dances for the Dancers, by Jackson Mac Low. The Pronouns is a book of chance-determined dance instruction poems written originally in 1964 and published in book form in 1979.
Performance created by Clarinda Mac Low with J. Mac Low's text, performed by C. Mac Low
In: Food for Thought, May 18, 2012, Curated by Heloise Darcq
Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church
Shot by Mike Taylor
This is a solo interpretation of poems from the Pronouns, using 4 total, a short index of different ways of interpreting the poems. For the poems that used “nobody” (27TH DANCE-WALKING-22 March 1964) or “no one” (28TH DANCE-MAPPING) as a pronoun, the poem was read out loud only. One poem (10TH DANCE-COMING ON AS A HORN) was performed as a running commentary-patter-storytelling-action-based version and one poem (2ND DANCE-SEEING LINES) was danced.
10TH DANCE-COMING ON AS A HORN-20 February 1964
Thou comest by,
& then thou goest about between & through unserious-seeming goings-on,
& thou hammerest.
Presently thou art making a bridge & giving it to someone,
& making a cake.
Thou gettest out with things,
& thou gettest insects.
Thou comest against something or thou fearest things.
Thou dost something in the manner of a sister whose mind is happy & willing,
thou writest with a bad pen,
& either thou hast curves or thou hast to put weight on a bird
while thou puttest something slow under an insect,
& thou hast or seem'st to have serious holes,
albeit thine ending be one wherein thou reactest to orange hair.
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