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Inspired by the remaining traces of the industrial past in the urban space of Berlin, choreographer I Jung Lim examines how the historical spirit of this past affects society. In this project, she approaches the second significant moment of German ideology in an artistic way. From the perspective of an outside researcher, she unearths hidden social leftovers and cultural relics and interweaves the socio-cultural background of the industrial age – an age characterized by materialistic thinking – with archetypal images. By connecting industrial objects and human bodies, her goal is to create a landscape painting of the body and some of its companion symbols.
I Jung Lim’s long-term investigation of ideology began in 2017 with the project “A Study of the Different Positions of the Spine in Connection with the Grace of the Human Body“, which dealt with the concept of “gracefulness“ that emerged in Germany in the 18th century. As a result, her interest in Germany’s socio-cultural background expanded to include industrial history. The inspiration she gained from remaining industrial-age traces increased in 2019 through her dance research on German coal mining. Her solo performance “A Historical Tracing and Reproduction of the Motion between the Human Body and Industrial Artefacts“ (2020), which brought everything she had experienced to the stage as a kind of live archival act, developed into the new project “Artefacts: Ghosts of the Laborers” as part of the trilogy. This narrative, created with the help of four dancers, adds to ongoing discourses in diverse fields, from politics and social activities to philosophy, culture, and aesthetics.
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Cast & Credits
idea and choreography: I Jung Lim
laborers: Linus Jansner, Aaron Lang, Paul Lorenger, Marcos Nacar
production management: Ronja Nehls
light director: Thomas Sevet
technical director: Paolo Combes
Funded by: Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin
Supported by: Arts Council Korea, Boels Verleih GmbH Berlin Tiergarten, Dachverband Tanz Deutschland E.V.
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)