transdisciplinary performance collective

when are we supposed to clap?


when are we supposed to clap?

curated by julie zhu
on January 20, 2019
At arts on site, new york city
FeATURING tyler cunningham, Claire fleitz, robert fleitz, issei herr, jasminn johnson, liana kleinman, & can wang

"When are we supposed to clap?" imagines a world in which every action, even those inconsequential, requires you to play a cheer for yourself, as emotional and auditory support. The strange and funny performance took place in three parts -- a self-congratulatory Prologue; the dystopic Cheer Piece; and then a Cheer Workshop for all in attendance.

When I am there, many empires from now
laughter will be a thing of the past. The Laughter Age.
Which will have ruled longer than the Ottoman,
but not as long as the Byzantine. Which will have
kept us in stitches and fits long enough to notice
its absence, but not enough to remember its balm.

You will buy me a gyro wrapped in the news, since
many things change but some do not, and we still need
print journalism. It remains a flea market, though pests
have long been bested. We remain fleeing though shoes
are out of fashion, and for that matter so is fashion.

Along with music and soap and human children,
inhabitants will hold laughter to the light
like an LP, or a rhinestone, say how heavy
Say, how did people wear this for so long in their bodies

                  Say, beautiful, beautiful, oh darling let’s buy it, how cheap!

-July Westhale