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Recording: 2019-10-05 , Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Jee-Ae Lim

Mountain, Tree, Cloud and Tiger


Production Details / Press Releases

EVERYTHING INVISIBLE FINDS ITS PLACE IN MEMORY. If we remember consciously, the invisible increasingly gains body and space. In memory we meet ourselves side by side with the invisible and long for a living form of our own. This is where a new body is created. And every body is another world What one does not see, the other clearly has before her eyes. Common remembrance knows no symmetry, cannot want any certainty, must always be renegotiated. Between invasion and liaison, memory oscillates. The past is not untouchable.

Whatever it is, a dance, a conversation, an encounter, a place, a time, a person – they get just as much light, just as much face, appearing in about this or that silhouette, as our memory is able to create. Everything is here to stay, even the farthest place. Everything lives in the same body. And the body knows. Here nothing is missing and nothing is redundant. There is no right and no wrong, there is no beginning and no end.

The memory was, is and will always be exactly there and exactly then, from where and when and by whom it is being visited. Memory is there quite naturally and understands itself best. Contrasts are not its thing; arguments sometimes aim at nothing with it. Logic becomes wishful thinking.

If one tries to mark a point in it, it suddenly opens up and becomes a surface, a breath of air that just floats barely above the plane and gives the invisible expanse instead of contour. The result is a mythical landscape in which fabulous bodies from past reality and with a searching present can move and dwell. A promised land probably looks different, but what would you rather call home than such a world of everlasting openness?
Thomas Schütt

Inspired by everyday practice in transmigrant societies, the choreography searches for a universal body language.

Inspired by Korean migrants of the 1960s and 1970s, Jee-Ae Lim explores everyday practice in transmigrant societies. Individual memories meet cultural memory, ideas of mobility and globalization rub against those of home and tradition. By means of traditional and contemporary dances, four Korean professional and non-professional dancers explore how these opposites inscribe themselves into our bodies and fight for an universal body language of unity in multiplicity.

Jee-Ae Lim completed her MA in Solo/Dance/Authorship (SODA) at HZT/UdK in Berlin. She is particularly interested in exploring the various possible meanings of traditional Korean dance through choreographic experiments. Tradition to her eyes is less about worshipping the phantoms and glories of the past but closer to a space of creation where questions as material of experiment arises. Her major works are New Monster, the trilogy 10 Years in 1 Minute and Your East, My Ghost. Jee-Ae Lim was named as the ‘Hoffnungsträgerin’ by tanz magazine, and as ‘Young Leading Artist’ by magazine Auditorium.

[Source: play bill]

TFB Nr. 1374

Cast & Credits

Concept, Choreography: Jee-Ae Lim
Performance: Jisun Hagen, Jee-Ae Lim, Kyong Soo Shin-Nolte, Ok-Hi Kim-Wehnes
Dramaturgy: Thomas Schütt, Ida-Elisabeth Larsen
Music: Kyan Bayani
Light design: Sandra Blatterer
Stage design: Jonas Maria Droste, Martin Sieweke
Costume design: Andrea Kränzlin
Production management: M.i.C.A. – Movement in Contemporary Art

A production by Jee-Ae Lim in cooperation with SOPHIENSÆLE.
Supported by a research grant and the individual project grant of the Senate Administration for Culture and Europe.


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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. 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)

Jee-Ae Lim / Trailers and Video Documentations

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