Photo by Peter Yesley
When David Bowie died, performing artist Soomi Kim was suddenly reminded of her own coming of age as a Korean American in the MTV generation and her adolescent desire to be the exotic Asian woman in Bowie's China Girl video. MLCG (My Little China Girl), created by Kim in collaboration with Suli Holum and video artist Kevan Loney, to be directed by Leta Tremblay. MLCG is a high octane solo performance that traverses Kim's experiences as a first generation Korean American navigating the tyranny of Western perceptions of beauty; the absence of Asians in mainstream American media; and the dearth of Asian heroines in American narratives.
MLCG (My Little China Girl) was commissioned by Dixon Place. It premiered and had a 6 show run at Dixon Place in November, 2017. The commission was made possble with funds from NY State Council on the Arts with support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo & the NY State Legislature, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and priavte funds rom the Jerome Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, ad the Harness Foundation for dance.
MLCG was also made possible by generous individual support and a grant from the Heathcote Art Fund.
Performed, writtena nd choreographed by Soomi Kim
Directed by Leta Tremblay
Video design by Justin West and Kevan Loney
Scenic design by Bryce Cutler
Dramatrug: Mia Chung
Sound design: Iggy Hung
Original music composed by Adam Rogers
Lighting designer: Rob Lavaverie
Choreography consultant: Zeke Stewart
Original collaboration: Suli Holum
*MLCG (My Little China Girl) was given an "Aggie Award" (Named after Agnes Moorehead) as one of the 10 memorable performances of the year by David Noh of Gay City News!
Press for MLCG (My LIttle China Girl):
Radio Zamunda Podcast interview with Ato Essandoh and Kwaku Aning
Theatermania lists MLCG as one of 11 Asian American shows to Watch list 2017-18
Feature and interview on SinoVision
Interview with Jim Moore on Radio Vaudeville (scroll down the page)
Inteview on Blasting News
Review and "Best Bet" Pick on Theatre is Easy
Interview Gay City News
DOWNLOAD MLCG (MY LITTLE CHINA GIRL) PRESS KIT: MLCG Press Kit.pdf
Photos from Dixon Place Premiere by Leyna Papach and Mark Hayes
Thank you! MLCG (My Little China Girl) was successfully funded.
Work in Progress showing at Dixon Place Feb. 9th, 2017
World premiere run at Dixon Place November 3,4,10,11,17,18 at 7:30 2017