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<Silver Knife> is inspired by the silver knives that Korean widows had to wear historically, to attack someone or commit suicide to protect her chastity. The dancers show various aspects of human beings on stage, not only dancing but also singing, rapping, using swear words and force or doing nothing. The imaginary island Silver Knife on stage is where women are living, and their sharp repressed emotions are portrayed through movements.
<Silver Knife> started from the keyword ‘woman’ – the 4 female dancers who co-created from it trace the origins of their identity, which led to the questions of women in history and arriving at the idea of ‘silver knife.’ In this piece, we see women with contradictory feelings: quickly changing from being soft to tough, crude but like a sharp knife, bashful yet filled with anger.
The women here say:
“What did I do wrong in my past life? What did I do wrong to live like a sinner now? Unbelievable. I want to look around the world but I’m always supposed to keep my head down. Hell with chastity, I’ll easily become a bitch with no manners. No manners. I’m a common widow but I can feel my skirt swelling when a man passes me by. I tell you what, so I was six or seven, right? And my mom gave me this silver knife to protect myself. Maybe I can poke my thigh with this? Then who knows? I might feel so good I could almost fly. Damn it. Really, what did I do so wrong? Do you want to hear about it?”
Jin-ho Lim and Kyung-min Ji are co-leaders, choreographers and dancers of the choreographers’ group GOBLIN PARTY which creates works based on contemporary dance. Their co-creations since the foundation in 2007 are inspired by personal perspectives. They create space and situations and discover characters in them to create a new story to tell the audience. With the strongest focus on communicating with audience, they are constantly thinking and trying to expand the audience’s perspective as well. Major works include: <Once Upon A Time>, chosen for Best 5 Performances by the Korean Association of Dance Critics and Researchers and invited to Korean Cultural Center in Washington DC in 2018; <Silver Knife>, invited to European contemporary dance platform Aerowaves 2018; and <I GO>, which toured in 10 European countries and was invited to Korean Cultural Center in New York as well as SPAF.
Suggestion of direction ｜ Jin-ho Lim, Kyung-min Ji
Co-creation ｜ Sung-eun Lim, Hyun-min Ahn, Kyung-gu Lee, yeon-ju Lee
Performance PD ｜ So-jin Park
Stage PD ｜ Jin-woo Kim
Music ｜ Rémi klemensiewicz
Lighting Director ｜ Seung-ho Lee
Sound Guidance ｜ Yul-ah Baik
Cast ｜ Sung-eun Lim, Hyun-min Ahn, Kyung-gu Lee, yeon-ju Lee
GOBLIN PARTY means a (political) party of Korean goblins, who can bewitch people with extraordinary tricks and have naughty behaviors and ideas. It is composed entirely of choreographers without a single leader, who generate stories through co-creating process. In the party of GOBLIN PARTY, there are the piece, direction proposer(s), co-creator(s) and the audience. Based on contemporary dance and with the strongest focus on communicating with audience, it is constantly thinking and trying to expand the audience’s perspective as well.