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Fighting for global social transformation, performance artist and activist Kathy Change (formerly Kathleen Chang) was on a mission to save the world from disaster. As a final act of protest, she self-immolated on the campus of UPenn in October 1996. Chang(e) is a live-staged biographical docudrama that slips between reality and fantasy, plunging viewers inside the mind of Kathy Change. Through a phantasmagorical blend of dance, text (interview and performance transcriptions and Change's own writings), video and original score, Change’s prescient defiance comes to life in this real life account of a modern day "Cassandra." Chang(e) premiered and ran November 2015 (Nov. 4th-22nd) on HERE Arts Center's MainStage. Devised by Soomi Kim and Suzi Takahashi Creative team: Suzi Takahashi- director, Bryce Cutler- set, Kevan Loney-video, Lucrecia Briceno- lighting, Alexandra Beller-choreographer, Machine Dazzle- costumes, Adam Rogers- composer, Iggy Hung- sound Cast: Soomi Kim, Criena House, Kiyoko Kashiwagi, David Perez-Ribada, Ben Skalski, Adi Spencer, Zeke Stewart Chang(e) was developed through the HERE Artist Residency Program. This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network's (NPN) Creation and Forth Fund grants and the Hemispheric Institute (Performance and Politics) Artist in Residence. Chang(e) was a featured selection from the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists, presented at the 2014 National Asian American Theater Festival and Conference in partnership with Asian Arts Initiative and InterAct Theatre Company.
This piece was created at a retreat for HERE Arts Resident artists in June 2012. Filmed by Gein Wong, danced by Soomi Kim
Meditation on Martyrs is an excerpt of "Dictee: bells fall a peal to sky" Culture Project's Women Center Stage at The Living Theatre March 2012 Based on the literary collage "Dictee" written by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Conceived and choreographed by Soomi Kim Created in collaboration with director Suzi Takahashi Text by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha With Diana Oh (singer/performer) and Kiyoko Kashiwagi Lighting by Lucrecia Briceno Video by Eric Jiaju Lee Ariel device courtesy of Javier Dzul Dance
A scene from Derek Nguyen's short film "The Potential Wives of Norman Mao" Written and directed by Derek Nguyen http://www.normanmao.com/
This video was produced for the Kickstarter campaign that was launched May 2011 to raise funds to take "Dictee: bells fall a peal to sky" (then just titled "Dictee") to the 3rd National Asian American Theater Festival in Los Angeles, Ca. Text of "Dictee" by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha With: Soomi Kim, Jen Shyu and Suzi Takahashi Video directed and produced by Elena Chang, edited by Brian Chamberlain.
This is a short film I worked on back several years ago. I was the lead actress's stunt double (Darlene Tejeira). Directed and choreographed by Rafael Kayanan, written by Fabian NIcieza (writer for X-Men).