Live Performance of Creative Work

Chop Chip Chanty

M Shorter, S Catts

Cementa 17 Contemporary Arts Festival | Published : 2017


Chop Dig Chanty is a performance work that seeks to compose a chanty (work song) through the labour of chopping and digging. Over the course of three days, Catts and Shorter will fell and chop up a tree, and dig a hole respectively. As the axe chips the wood and the shovel carves the soil, rhythms between the two actions will be found and employed to divide and organise the timber and to propel the excavation downward.

University of Melbourne Researchers