Instructions for Being Water: a Performance Score

Composed by JuPong Lin and Devora Neumark PhD, co-founders of Fierce Bellies Collective[1].

“Instructions for Being Water: A Performance Score” was initiated just as a team of climate scientists issued a warning that humanity has only three years to dramatically lower greenhouse emissions “or face the prospect of dangerous global warming." We developed this score as “entire ecosystems” were “already beginning to collapse, summer sea ice was disappearing in the Arctic and coral reefs were dying from the heat.” In our desire to contribute to a radical alternative to the widespread eclipse of the truth about interconnectivity, we – the Fierce Bellies collective – lean towards each other and again outward. We invite new kinships and invoke ways of living and being to counter the current patterns of self-/destruction. We propose instructions for being water, instructions rooted in holistic thinking and oneness, in alignment with Jewish Kabbalistic, Chinese and Taiwanese traditions.

To date, we have enacted the score twice during the Goddard College MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program's residencies in Plainfield, VT (July 2017) and Port Townsend, WA (2017).

The Vermont version can be accessed here:

Instructions for Being Water, Plainfield, VT

The Washington version can be accessed here:

Instructions for Being Water in Port Townsend, WA, at Soak on the Sound.