MLCG (My Little China Girl) Soomi Kim
About This Show
When David Bowie died, performing artist/ choreographer Soomi Kim was suddenly reminded of her own coming of age as a Korean American in the MTV generation and her adolescent desire to be the exotic Asian woman in Bowie’s China Girl video.
MLCG (My Little China Girl), created by Kim in collaboration with director Suli Holum (Pig Iron Theatre) and video artist Kevan Loney, is a high octane solo performance that remarkably traverses Kim’s experiences as a first generation Korean American navigating the tyranny of Western perceptions of beauty.
About the Artist
SOOMI KIM (lead artist) is an award winning NYC based actor/movement artist who devises and creates work in the collaborative setting. She has co-created a trilogy of works in NYC with director Suzi Takahashi: Chang(e) 2015- HERE Arts Center (HARP artist), dictee: bells fall a peal to sky 2013- Women Center Stage (Culture Project), Lee/gendary (written by Derek Nguyen) 2008- HERE Arts Center. Other residencies: Mabou Mines (2014), Hemispheric Institute (2013), Asian Arts Initiative. She is an NPN Creation and Forth Fund artist for Chang(e). Kim’s artist led projects were selected to be presented at the 1st, 3rd and 4th National Asian American Theater Festivals (NYC, LA and Philadelphia).
SULI HOLUM is a performer, playwright, director, and choreographer. She is a founder and former Co-Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company. Collaboration credits with Deborah Stein: Chimera (Under the Radar Festival in partnership with HERE), The Whole Hearted and Movers + Shakers. She wrote and co-directed Wandering Alice with Nichole Canuso Dance Company, and adapted Oedipus at Colonus for Emmanuelle Delpech’s skate park site-specific OEDIPUS AT FDR. Holum’s original work has received development support from the Workhaus Collective, Swarthmore Project, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Orchard Project, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Playlabs Festival at the Playwrights Center, NACL, Perry Mansfield New Works Festival and Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Creativity Fund at New Dramatists. She is an alumna of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) and a recipient of a 2010 TCG Fox Resident Actor Fellowship.
Kevan Loney (video designer) has a background in interactive computing, 3D animation, and live performance. Selected credits: Video/Media Designer for: The Nina Variations, The Wiz (CMU), Gertrude Stein SAINTS! With a background in interactive computing, 3D animation, and live performance he is working towards innovative and interactive design for live entertainment. Recently, he has worked as a Video/Media Designer for: The Nina Variations, The Wiz (CMU), Gertrude Stein SAINTS! (Abrons Arts Center), Emily Dickinson OUTER SPACE! (The Bushwick Starr), the Regional Premier of Pete ’N’ Keely and Mack and Mabel (Stages Repertory Theatre), Chang(e) (HERE Arts Center), and was the Augmented Reality consultant for the World Premier of The Builders Association’s Elements of Oz (Peak Performances).
Fridays and Saturdays, Nov 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 at 7:30pm
$21 in advance
Lead Artist/Performer/Choreographer: Soomi Kim
Director/Collaborator: Suli Holum
Video Artist: Kevan Loney
Dramaturg: Ming Peiffer
Musical Director: Adam Rogers
Photo credit: Peter Yesley