Kore’s Project

Kore’s Project arises out of three concerns:  Storytelling, Body-Voice work, and interpretations of the myth, The Abduction of Persephone (aka Kore).  Each concern is treated with invisibility.  This common ground links them into a single performance.  Kore’s Project becomes a philosophical quest to understand invisibility… via mythology…presented in the form of dance, monologue, song, theatre….  It becomes a myth itself, a passage to the soul, and an apparition where our imagination invites us to feel and sense.

I began with the intention to work with Voice as I work with the Body.  As dancers, we concern ourselves with bodies in movement – qualities, textures, space, time, motion –  but not voice and sounds.  So I simply spoke.  Speaking led to storytelling, which led to vocal sounds, which led to singing….Yet as a dancer, my foundation is the body, so how does the voice cross its research with the body?  And what other story does this tell?

Somewhere, what began as a personal research transformed into a storytelling dance where

  • Stories may or may not have any apparent meaning.  We don’t really know but our imagination understands it.  
  • Upon arriving to the Underworld, a realm where Body is of no concern, visibility is abducted and the body becomes empty.
  • The voice marks the absence of Kore. Yet if the Voice marks the absence of this Body, then where did the Body go? What is left of our sensibility?

And the story continues…


“When I first open my eyes, it was as if I were living someone else’s life.  After an extremely long time this began to match up with my own life.  A curious overlap this, my own life as someone else’s.”

– Haruki Murakami

CREDITS

CREATED AND PERFORMED BY MICHEL YANG

Music:  monteverdi and metallica

WITH MANY THANKS TO the support of Pianofabriek, LES BAINS::CONNECTIVE, Julie Pfleiderer, and Dianne weller

Presented:  PACT Zolverein, Les Bain Connective

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