Production Details / Press Releases
The Korean choreographer, dancer and performer Geumhyung Jeong brings seven quirky duets to Berlin: interactions with everyday items like a vacuum cleaner or a trolley bag, but also window dummies or masks. Exposed in a cold white light, the objects become partners in an eerie game of mutual manipulation. They take on a bizarre, unsettling life of their own, frighteningly on the boundary between animate and inanimate, human and non-human, hallucination and reality. The show’s deliberate simplicity, its literal character and mechanical accuracy brutally reveal the emptiness and isolation within people. But poetry and humour also occur, while “7ways” revolves around the question of where the boundary between body and machine lies.
Geumhyung Jeong is a choreographer, dancer and performer. She studied acting (BA) at Hoseo University in Cheonan, dance and performance (MA) at the Korean National sUniversity of Arts in Seoul, and Animation Film at the Korean Academy of Film Arts in Seoul. Her works have been presented among others by The New Museum Triennial 2015 in New York, Spring Utrecht, Zürcher Theater Spektakel, ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna, In Transit Festival Berlin, SPIEL ART Festival Munich, iDans Festival in Istanbul, PACT Zollverein in Essen. In 2013, she was a Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.
Geumhyung Jeong constantly renegotiates the relationship between the human body and the objects which surround it. She uses plain everyday objects upon which she bestows a bizarre, disconcerting life through an intense and risky interaction with her own body. Her projects combine dance and puppetry, as well as bringing attention to technical aspects of theatre.
Cast & Credits
Concept and performance: Geumhyung Jeong
Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) and Center Stage Korea (CSK).
Tanz im August 2015
Artistic director: Virve Sutinen
Production management: Sven Neumann
Artistic collaboration & project management: Andrea Niederbuchner
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the the Capital Culture Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.
Supported by Aventis Foundation.
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3)
Tempelhofer Ufer 10
Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):
University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)