Popping Boundaries

A Performance

I was prompted to create an endurance performance that lasts for at least 30 minutes. Initially, I thought all the balloons would be popped within a few minutes, and I will remain standing in the bind for the rest of the 30 minutes duration.

The result was far from what I had expected. I did not expect the audience would interact with me in ways other than popping the balloons. During the performance, I was lied down on the floor, lifted up and out of the space, placed in my original position, hugged, laid on top of, untied. In each interaction, I remained as still as I could and complied with the intention of the audience.

Within 20 mins, I was free of balloons or cable ties. I stood there in silence until a timer for 30 mins went off and walked away.


This performance would not have been possible without the generous help from Hannah Tardie, Shuju Lin, Yves Pokakunkanon, Chenshan Gao and Aaron Moreno Ayala. Staged on November 7, 2018.

© winnie yoe 2021