The work was a collaboration with Korean traditional dance choreographer, Yoon Jin Kim, and based on love poems from kisaeng: artist/courtesans of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty. It imagines a collective of artists processing contemporary parallels to traditional kisaeng through the the production of videos, the enactment of rituals, dance, song, training and hosting activities. The work replaces the performers, in the rendering of the poems, with audience members - casting the viewer as kisaeng.
The sample begins with a testing of hierarchical and traditional power dynamics, and ends downing beer-bombs with audience members. It’s notable for the seamless interior-exterior, play within a play flow, articulated by an evocatively pitched soundscape. (difficult to see in the video within the video: artificial flowers poked into meat)
Audience participants had no prior knowledge and were invited to participate by the cast in the lobby before the performance.
Running time 7:37