Tuesday, December 06, 2011

An Open Letter From a Dancer Who Refused to Participate in Marina Abramovic’s MOCA Performance

An Open Letter From a Dancer Who Refused to Participate in Marina Abramovic’s MOCA Performance - by Sara Wookey, Published: November 23, 2011 Artinfo.com

"I refused to participate as a performer because what I anticipated would be a few hours of creative labor, a meal, and the chance to network with like-minded colleagues turned out to be an unfairly remunerated job. I was expected to lie naked and speechless on a slowly rotating table, starting from before guests arrived and lasting until after they left (a total of nearly four hours). I was expected to ignore (by staying in what Abramovic refers to as "performance mode") any potential physical or verbal harassment while performing. I was expected to commit to fifteen hours of rehearsal time, and sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement stating that if I spoke to anyone about what happened in the audition I was liable for being sued by Bounce Events, Marketing, Inc., the event’s producer, for a sum of $1 million dollars plus attorney fees." Read more at the link above.