Imagine a white room with 3 sides; with the 4th side closed off by an elaborate red velvet theatre curtain. Walking into the gallery, all you see is the curtain. Slowly and gracefully, the curtain raises to reveal a complex machine of moving weights and pulleys: the audience moves behind the curtain and it is apparent that this machine is driving the movement of the curtain. The curtain lowers, holding a number of people behind it who are now curious about how this machine is being powered.
Meanwhile, new visitors arrive and the curtain raises once again, but now there is a new question: are these people behind the curtain also part of the work? Are they performers themselves? This process repeats.
For those who have been behind the curtain, there emerges a curiosity about where the ‘engine’ is. Audiences follow the line of pulleys out into the corridor toward the back of the gallery and into the laneway. There, one sees a simple donkey being led up and down the laneway, lumbering to produce the graceful effect of the curtain as a symbol of effort and determination.