Adapted from the groundbreaking literary collage by late Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, DICTEE intertwines the stories of ordinary, mythic, and martyred women—including Korean revolutionary Yu Guan Soon, Joan of Arc, Demeter and Persephone, as well as Cha herself. Korean born, NYC-based performer Soomi Kim uses movement, video, and original music to transpose Cha’s postmodern poetry to the stage.
Dictee: bells fall a peal to sky was last performed at Culture Project's Women Center Stage Festival March 2012.
Conceived, choreographed and performed by Soomi Kim, created in collaboration with director Suzi Takahashi, music by Jen Shyu. With Kiyoko Kashiwagi and Diana Oh, lighting design by Lucrecia Briceno, assistant director Leta Tremblay, video by Eric Jiaju Lee, sound design by Jay Spriggs, additional music composed ad recorded by Adam Rogers. Text from Cha's Dictee.
* all photos at the Women Center Stage (WCS) by Hunter Canning.
*Dictee: bells fall a peal to sky is based on the book Dictee, by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, copyright The Regents of the University of California, courtesy of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
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