“Axis Mundi” or “my leap into performance art”

This past weekend was the first production I have worked on in the capacity of an actor in three years. I’m not entirely sure what I was thinking when I auditioned (also the first audition I’ve gone to in three years), but it was an amazing project and I’m really glad I did it. And having done it, I seem to have reopened a door I thought I had closed… that is to say, I have another audition on Tuesday.


The piece was called Axis Mundi (a reference to the world tree myth). It was a piece created through compiled text, movement, and different storytelling techniques to discuss the relationship between humanity and the environment. It was a “collaborative piece,” which can mean almost anything you want it to, so feel free to fill in the blanks. Whether or not it was actually performance art or not, I’m unsure. I’m still trying to get a working definition of performance art figured out. But from what I do understand, I’m pretty sure Axis Mundi was performance art.

I don’t think I learned very much about trees, but it was a really educational experience in trying to create a nonconventional piece of performance. Also this semester I am taking performance studies, and I keep coming back to this essay I read by Guillermo Gomez-Pena (a border performance artist). He talks about being at art school in California where,

“In the absense of overt social crisis and political immediacy, most art students were involved in their personal process, a notion foreign to third-world artists, yet so prevalent in the United States at the time.”

It seems a fitting commentary on this project and, moreover, my general experience at school.

Anyway, now that the show is done, hopefully I’ll be updating a little more frequently. Or at least not skipping entire weeks… until the next production week.

One Response to ““Axis Mundi” or “my leap into performance art””

  1. mimi says:

    Yeah! Repening doors… slammed shut by (evil) high school. More!

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