Allora & Calzadilla's 'Balance of Power' performance on view at Tate Modern
16 September 2019Every Thursday to Sunday from 19 September, Allora & Calzadilla’s 2007 performance work Balance of Power will be on view at Tate Modern. The work is a form of ‘living sculpture’ that involves three yoga practitioners wearing military uniforms and executing a sequence of yoga ‘warrior poses’. Addressing the meditative, spiritual and personal discipline of yoga and the collective body of the military under the authority of the state, Balance of Power questions the distance between these military and non-military worlds, and explores the possible meanings and roots of ‘warrior’ poses within the culture of yoga. The work juxtaposes the quest for internal balance with a blind adherence to standardised codes of behaviour, and anticipates the introduction of yoga and mindfulness for soldiers as part of their combat training.
Performances are between 1pm and 5pm on Thursdays and Sundays, and 4pm and 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the Tanks and the Artist and Society display, until 13 October.
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Image: Balance of Power performed at 'Perplexed in Public' (group exhibition) at Lisson Gallery, 13 June - 20 July 2008