Line Between: inkBoat Performance Piece Explores Gap Between Dreams and Reality
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The last date listed for inkBoat: Line Between was Sunday December 4, 2011 / 7:00pm.
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ODC Theater is pleased to announce the world premiere of inkBoat’s Line Between, a duet between inkBoat founder Shinichi Iova-Koga and performance artist Dohee Lee. In _Line Between _the two artists put their exquisite physicality to use in a work about the liminal place between waking and sleeping where the rules of one reality dissolve into the other.
InkBoat has been making innovative dance theater works since 1998, both in the U.S. and abroad, and is widely regarded to be one of the most important voices in contemporary performance. With life partners Shinichi and Dana Iova-Koga at the center of an ever shifting constellation of collaborators, inkBoat travels regularly between San Francisco, Berlin, New York, Tokyo and Seattle, performing works for the stage and the street.
In _Line Between _Dana has taken on the role of director, leading performers Shinichi and Lee through a “dynamic and electric” rehearsal process. Korean shamanism (an integral aspect of Lee’s study and practice), usage of “chance operations” (à la John Cage and Merce Cunningham), directed improvisation, conversations with neuroscientists, study of dream analysis, and mining the content of their own dreams are some of the tools they have used to research and develop this evening-length performance work.
“_Line Between _is about horror and also about hope,” says Lee. “I am very interested in how dreams can affect real life…how you can collaborate with your dream to make it happen. So when people talk about something being ‘a dream come true’, the dream is true. But when you’re in your dream there are no obstacles, and you can go further than you can in real life.”
In tandem with the blurry line between the “real” world and the “dream” world are cultural lines that can seem at times opaque and at other times yielding and permeable. At one point in the performance Lee dreams she is Edith Piaf, but she’s singing not in French but in Korean. Shinichi’s dream world conjures the image of Johnny Cash, but he too is translated — perhaps out of recognition. Why do celebrities populate our dreams? What do they signify in another language, in another place and time?
_Line Between _approaches these questions with a mixture of humor and portent.
Joining the collaboration is percussionist Suki O’Kane and multi-wind instrumentalist Jason Ditzian. Their music — blending electronic, South East Asian, and found object resources — “functions more as an installation than a score,” says Shinichi, “adding a spatial dynamic to the dance that is intensely rewarding. The music has its own geography.”
Installation artist Amy Rathbone and architect Frank Lee have designed an intricately elaborate set transforming ODC Theater, lit with surreal panache by Allen Willner. And serving as yukigo, the traditional Japanese stagehand dressed all in white, is Peiling Kao. Using movement, sound, light, and installation, Line Between’s team of artists have together created a breathing landscape evocative of that elusive mind-state we inhabit in the moment that falls between waking and sleep.
Just so, the lines between art and ritual, artist and intercessor, physical and spiritual, contemporary and ancient are revealed to be fleeting shadows under the sun.