Cut Piece 1964

GALLERY 306

Cut Piece 1964

Cut Piece.

This piece was performed in Kyoto, Tokyo, New York and London. It is usually performed by Yoko Ono coming on the stage and in a sitting position, placing a pair of scissors in front of her and asking the audience to come up on the stage, one by one, and cut a portion of her clothing (anywhere they like) and take it. The performer, however, does not have to be a woman.,

CUT PIECE:

First version for single performer:

It is announced that members of the audience may come on stage-one at a time-to cut a small piece of the performer’s clothing to take with them.
Performer remains motionless throughout the piece.
Piece ends at the performer’s option.

Second version for audience:

It is announced that members of the audience may cut each other’s clothing.
The audience may cut as long as they want.

Yoko Ono, “Strip-Tease Show”, 1966