Before the Cock Crows (1978)

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Performance excerpt.

This piece was performed to Middle Eastern and Mediterranean folk music. The accompaniment brings the influence of another culture into Eiko & Koma's work, and a flavor that differs from their Japanese upbringing.

The set consisted of a pickup track full of twigs, which became an enlarged thorn. The work explored how the body deals with the tension of anticipation. The footage is from a performance at the American Dance Festival in 1985.