Touching the Moons is a new multi-disciplinary work conceived
and composed by Jin Hi Kim and created in collaboration with
Korean, Indian and US artists working in the fields of music,
dance, multi-media art, and technology. The piece interweaves
and juxtaposes traditional Asian dance and music forms with
cutting-edge technology to create a truly cross-cultural work
both in methodology and subject. Touching the Moons is a
multi-media homage to the moon, celebrating the traditional
Eastern belief of the moon as a female force that counter-
balances the male energy of the sun while at the same time
commemorating Western science's continuing exploration of the
solar system as the "last great frontier."
The project bridges the diversity of ancient Asian traditional
dance and music forms such as Indian kathak dance and Korean
court-style kagok lyric singing with state-of-the-art digital
imagery multi-media art, and MIDI sensors. The piece explores
the theme of civilization's on-going interest in extending
global existence to space, and through this exploration exposes
the audience to different traditions, aesthetics and
sensibilities from three countries. The result will communicate
with audiences that the distinguished traditions of East and
West, science and mythology, acoustics and technology, can all
be used to explore the same theme.
Co-presented with The Korea Society
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