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OH!MYLIFE MOVEMENT THEATER
<Fantasy Physical Dance> regards the bodily potential that keeps moving based on the movement in dance, that is, the physical force of body, as the fantasy of dance. This is then connected to elements such as fantasy movies, animation, humor and extreme shape changes to present a range of images and bring out the imagination of body and dance. Instead of being a type of performance where you understand and interpret the meanings, it focuses on revealing the potential of body to share the imagination via body, by heightening the different physical motions and boundaries of energy created in and out of body.Synopsis
<Fantasy Physical Dance> merges the three elements: ‘fantasy,’ ‘physical’ and ‘dance.’ Regarding the bodily potential that keeps moving based on the physical force of body as the fantasy of dance, it aims to bring out the imagination of body and dance.
Fantasy – Root of sensory realm and source of imagination
It reveals the bodily presence more strongly through everybody objects and facilitates a natural connection to body. Also, it makes the imagination of dance visible through a range of images based on body, such as bodily sound, cartoonish images, humor or extreme energy.
Physical – Interaction of bodily mechanism and space
What takes focus is the functional aspect of body and the examples of physical force. The body keeps moving and going forward in its functional aspect –bending, straightening, turning, pushing, pulling or spiral movement- and its internal or external relations –texture and velocity, deconstruction and combination, spatial perception, action and reaction of gravity and energy, change of shapes or clash of energy.
Dance – Coexistence of physical force and fantasy
If physical force deals with scientific, realistic and rational realms, we can say fantasy deals with bodily senses, imagination as well as non-real and instinctive realms. Those two are antinomic yet coexisting. Ultimately,
Leader of OH!MYLIFE MOVEMENT THEATER and acclaimed as ‘Asian tornado,’ ‘sensibilities of the East’ and ‘an outstanding choreographer from Korea with elaborate strength,’ Neong-cool Park is investigating the theme of body’s possibilities. She has collaborated on various projects with European dance artists, and her career took off as an internationally acclaimed artist when she worked as a collaborator and dancer of David Zambrano, internationally active choreographer based in Amsterdam and Brussels. Also, seeing not just stage works but also community projects as one essence of dance, she has been working to expand the boundary of dance by organizing several projects: <Dance Spirit Project>, the get-together of dance artists from teenagers to age over 60; <Ten Villages Project>, which delivered dance to countryside villages barefoot; and <Your Own Dance Prescription> and <Take Care of Dance> for a life of dancing based on Eastern philosophies.
Choreographer ｜ Neong-cool Park
Director ｜ Geuk Zuck
Music Director ｜ Jong-im Jung
Stage Design ｜ Geuk Zuck, Jong-young Lee, Jee-hyung Lee
Stage Director ｜ Jong-young Lee
Lighting Director ｜ Yun-hee Kim
Planning ｜ Jin-sol Yum
Cast ｜ Ha-young Ju, Eun-kyoung Kim, Myung-hoon Park, Hui Ju, Seung-rok Kim, Neong-cool Park
Standing for ‘my life, dance and theatre,’ OH!MYLIFE MOVEMENT THEATER is a contemporary dance company founded by Jeong-joo In and Neong-cool Park in 2006. While coming up with movement methods via physical force and bodily mechanism –space, gravity, energy-, they defined them as ‘One’s Own Open Dance,’ based on which they created a range of works including <A Dancing Body>, <Middle Place> and <Transforming View>. Later they’ve attempted works where language organically mixed with movement, presenting <Asleep in Bukcheon>, <Into the Wild>, <Dance Interview>, <Take Care of Dance> and <Fantasy Physical Dance>.
They received many awards including the 1st prize from the 1st Seoul Dance Collection at SPAF 2007, Best Performance of the Year from the Korean Association of Dance Critics and Researchers in 2012 and Performance of the Year from Korean Association of Dance Critic in 2017. They also received the grants for resident company support from Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture as well as Seongsu Art Hall, constantly experimenting various possibilities of dance with local communities.