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13 July 2004

Elimination Dance

An elimination dance begins with a crowded dance floor. At a signal, the band stops playing and the announcer reads an elimination, say, "Those who are allergic to the sea." Any dancer answering this description must sit down, and their partner is also disqualified. The process continues (e.g. "Gentlemen who have placed a microphone beside a naked woman's stomach after lunch and later, after slowing down the sound considerably, have sold these noises on the open market as whale songs") until a single couple remains.

Watch the short film, made in collaboration with Michael Ondaatje, who wrote the original poem of the same title.

"It is a serious game. It is the dance of life."


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