Rehearsal II

Mexico City 2001.

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“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 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.

©©Francis Alÿs

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