Hyekyoung Kim: Life is a performance

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One Dance Week was held recently in Plovdiv and we managed to get a short interview with the dancers from South Korea. The youngest participants in One Dance Week showcased a spectacle revolving around dragons. What does the spectacle itself mean for them, the symbolism behind the dragons and more you can read here.

What part did art have in your life as you were growing up? What part does it have now?

Art always has been an important part of my life. When I first started dancing, I felt like flying. So I never stopped and now art is everything in my life and like an airplane, art allows me to go everywhere. .

Is performing a part of you or are you a part of it?

Life is a performance isn’t it?

What do you wish more people knew or understood about performances like this?

The important is creating a connection between people. Dance is a fantastic medium for that because you don’t need words. The important thing is being together in the same place at the same time and share the same energy.

What was the hardest part of creating this?

For Dragons, because of the pandemic, we could not meet with the young Asian dancers that were suppose to come. So, we worked through video teaching each other movements. The hardest part was the frustration of not being together working in the studio, but in the end it felt like we knew each others.

With one word, describe what this spectacle is to you. (What does it mean, something close and personal or something you want the whole world to see?)

Together. Pandemic has been a huge challenge and I believe we realized the need of being together without seeing each other through a screen. When we finally got to present this piece in front of the audience, it was an amazing and strong emotional moment.

How do you want this spectacle to influence the audience, what feelings and emotions do you want to portray. 

I would like the audience to feel the positive energy despite the hard times we are experiencing, because it is the source    to move forward.

Do you feel as though most or many people misunderstand it, would it be a negative thing or seeing people interpret it in different ways, than what you intended, make you happy?

It is not so important. Given dance doesn’t need word, everyone is free to interpret what they see. It is a space of freedom. The essential thing is that what people see makes them think. One way or the other, it doesn’t matter.

What does the word “dragon” mean and symbolize for each and every one of you?

Dragon is a symbol of flexibility and adaptability. It is mythical creature able to connect the worlds of the humans and spirits, going from water to the sky, from one place to the other in an instant. So, it is a symbol of connectivity, but also adaptability and flexibility.
Anna Vladova