May 25 - May 26, 2019
Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 East 4th Street (2nd Floor)
Saturday at 7PM; Sunday at 3PM
$25 Tickets; $20 Student/Senior Tickets [+$1 Facility Fee]
Choreographed, Directed & Performed by Sin Cha Hong
In this quietly dazzling new work, Sin Cha Hong asks the audience to contemplate their own reflection and ask: Who am I?
One of Korea´s most influential contemporary performing artists, Hong is a dancer, choreographer, and vocalist whose vivid avant-garde vision has “the ability to combine the Minimalist aesthetic of American experimental dance with the concentration found in Asian theater.” –The New York Times
About the Artists
Sin Cha Hong’s company laughing stone was established in New York in 1981, where we premiered works at La MaMa, The Asia Society, Japan House and Riverside Drive Church. Sin Chan Hong’s works toured also to China, Japan, Korea, Europe and South America.
Sin Cha Hong is a choreographer, dancer, vocalist, meditator, and bestseller author, rated as one of the most influential artists in 20th century Korea. In 1966, she went to the US to study. After seven years she made her debut as choreographer and dancer with "Mourning" at a New York Dance Theater workshop, creating a sensation in the dance world of New York. For twenty years thereafter she worked in New York, establishing her reputation as pioneer of Asian avant garde dance. For 16 successive years she organized the "Juksan International Art Festival", the first international open-air art festival in Korea and regularly organized meditation workshops. She also worked as guest professor at the Beijing Dance Academy and taught dance at the Korean National University of Arts.
Ou Jang Ping, dance critic and vice president of the Foreign Dance Dept of the Chinese National Dance Academy compared Sin Cha Hong with Isadora Duncan, Vaclav Nijinski and Martha Graham as the "flower of western dance with traditional East Asian roots. and during her tour in Germany 1998 the OTZ newspaper in Weimar called her the Pina Bausch of Korea, while Ellen Stewart, the god-mother of world theater of the La MaMa Theater praised her as a dancer of which only one appears in a hundred years. When Sin Cha Hong gave a performance in the Stage Masters 'Series of the Arario Museum in Space' in 2015, the doyen of the world of Korean Culture said that the Korean dance world can be divided into three, Chinese dance, Choi Seung-hee, and Sin Cha Hong. She also presented voice performances like "The Labyrinth" with Hwang Byung Ki. "Gate" together with Kim Duk Soo and Samul nori, "Sin Cha Hong's Voice" at the Hawaii Carnegie Hall.
Photo by Jae Hoon Lee