Tate Modern Performance

BMW Tate Live Exhibition Delay Delay (London Version)

Joan Jonas, Delay Delay, 1972, performance, Lower West Side, New York, NY, 1972. Photo by Gianfranco Gorgoni © 2018 Joan Jonas

Experience an outdoor ritual performed on the banks of the River Thames

Although an original performance can never be experienced as it once was, the idea and the original spirit is captured in this reconstruction
Joan Jonas

Delay Delay (London Version) 2018 is a reconfiguration loosely based on a series of Joan Jonas's outdoor pieces: Jones Beach Piece 1970, Nova Scotia Beach Dance 1971 and Delay Delay 1972. For Jones Beach Piece the spectators stood a quarter of a mile away from the performers. The performance explored how distance can affect our perception of action and sound. In Nova Scotia Beach Dance the spectators watched the performance from overhead, while in Delay Delay 1972 the spectators stood on the roof of a building overlooking a large area of empty lots in downtown New York. That performance incorporated ideas of seeing from a distance and seeing from overhead.

For Delay Delay (London Version) 2018, a group of local dancers and performers enact the basic elements of the earlier works restructured by Jonas to reflect the new site. The spectators stand on the side and watch the action taking place below as the same actions take place across the river on the bank opposite.

This version of the performance is about 13 minutes in length and repeated twice, making the entire performance 26 minutes long. The work is only performed at low tide when the banks of the river are exposed.


Thursday 22 March at 11.07
Friday 23 March at 11.36
Saturday 24 March at 12.14
Sunday 25 March at 13.05

Tate Modern

Performed on the banks of the River Thames opposite Tate Modern, to the east of the London Millennium Footbridge

London SE1 9TG
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22 March 2018

23 March 2018

24 March 2018

25 March 2018

Performed daily at low tide. See performance details for exact timings.