SUBMERGE is the latest screendance collaboration between choreographer Cheng-Chieh Yu and videographer Marianne M. Kim.
A trio of refugee aliens is separated from one another in an unfamiliar place in search of each other and in search of escape. The protagonist, a duo-female persona, continually merges and splits as she seeks refuge from social alienation and displacement.
Throughout they seek refuge in their mirroring and reflections. With their flight impulse, they keep moving in a way to identify themselves to one another. Their dancing is their shared foreign language. In adapting to this alien setting, they dress themselves in debris and trash. This constructed attire is made of ironic whites, a costume of functional fantasy, as in a faux nurse, or fairy. They are ephemeral but heavy and unkempt.
The split screen allows the audience to see the trio together even as they seem apart. The physical landscape and the imagined landscape co-exist as they choreograph along the liminal edge. They are split between surviving in a foreign place and dreaming of finding each other in their watery home.