“It is a metaphor of Mexico’s ambiguous affair with Modernity, forever arousing, and yet, always delaying the moment ‘it’ will happen.”
In Rehearsal 2 (2001–06), a stripper performs a zig-zag stepping backwards and forwards through her constantly delayed performance.
Unlike Rehearsal 1, Rehearsal 2 does finally reach its climax, albeit after apparently endless delays. The video Politics of Rehearsal (2007, included with this book) shows raw footage for this work—essentially a rehearsal for a rehearsal—while the soundtrack consists of a conversation between Alÿs and Medina on the issue of modernity in Mexico. The structure of When Faith Moves Mountains (2002) is that of a moving wave pattern. Tornado (2000–present) is an expanding spiral. All are potentially extendable and repeatable.