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Body Through Which the Dream Flows

A New Dance Theatre Work in Development

Body Through Which the Dream Flows is dance/acro theatre work about gymnastics in the time of the #metoo and #cancelculture movements and will feature veteran coach, choreographer and theatre artist Soomi Kim as well as 6-7 competitive gymnasts. It began in 2018 after the scandal broke about Dr. Larry Nassar’s systemic sexual abuse of 100s of gymnasts. The culture of gymnastics quickly unraveled as USAG was under fire for their role in enabling the culture of sexual and emotional abuse. Outraged, Kim felt it essential to merge her professions as a competitive coach and theatre maker.  Through dance & acrobatics, text and ensemble devising work, Body.. will intersect Kim’s personal  gymnastics history, the deconstruction of the governing body of the sport and  personal stories from gymnasts (age 10-17) in order to help us to better understand the moment we are in now. This project is told from an insider’s lens and will explore original forms with non-actor gymnasts in this never before seen “downtown theatre style” performance.

Conceived, written and choreographed by Soomi Kim 

Featuring Gymnasts:

Lucy Meola 

Olivia Carballoso 

Shayna Wilson 

Madison Rodriguez 

Nora Avci 

Ai Clancy 

Written by Soomi Kim

Co-directed by Soomi Kim and Meghan Finn

Script dramaturge: Sarah Gancher

Choreography dramaturge: Alexandra Beller

Choreography by Soomi and company

Lighting designer: Mandy Ringger

Stage Manager: Mars Neri

Sound: Zeke Stewart

Development for "Body" is made possible by generous grants, support and donations by: CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing), The Assembly Theatre's Deceleration Lab and individual donations. Special thanks to Open Arts Studio for hosting W.I.P. showings.

BTWtheDF will premiere at The New Ohio Theatre's Ice Factory Summer Festival Aug. 3rd-6th 2022! 

Link to project page and tickets