Delay Delay (London Version)
with 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.


  • Reconstruction Realized by: Joan Jonas & Nefeli Skarmea
  • Performed by: Temitope Ajose-Cutting, Monsur Ali, Luca Bakos, Anna Cabré-Verdiell, Natalie Corne, Dylan Spencer Davidson, Mary Feliciano, Annie Fox, Andrew Graham, Martin Hargreaves, Laura Hemming-Lowe, Emma Waltraud Howes, Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi, Francesco Migliaccio, Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, Danai Pappa, Daniel Jeremiah Persson, Malik Nashad Shape, Eleanor Sikorski

Exhibition History

  • Ten Days Six nights
    Banks of the River Thames
    London, UK


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