Uferstudios 5
Badstr. 41A, Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin
Photo: Samira Mohammed-Ali

Floating Roots

Performance · Premiere by Inky Lee
In the frame of Fold – Intersecting Memories

«Floating Roots» is about the lives of the 1.5 and 2nd generation immigrants, especially the ones who are Asian-read and are Queer. Many of them are children of guest workers who came to Germany in the 1960s and 70s. The soundscore weaves together interview excerpts of 17 people who speak about their lives. Six of the interviewees, who aren't professional performers nor dancers, appear onstage as performers, along with a deaf performer who is an Asian immigrant herself. After just a few rehearsals that were conducted mostly one-on-one with the artistic director, all of the performers meet for the first time at the dress rehearsal on the night before the premiere.

A large part of the performance will be translated into international sign language (IS).

Inky Lee

Inky Lee is a multidisciplinary artist who has presented performances, music and writings in Berlin, New York and Seoul. Their recent music album, one of many, was presented as a part of "Sound of Berlin #10" by LOLA Magazine. The album sings about the life of an illegal immigrant worker and a mother. Inky was the artistic director for the writing platform, Right Now (located at Tanzschreiber.de), which wrote about the experiences of marginalised individuals in the performance scene in Berlin.
Duration: approx. 90 minutes
Tickets: Pay as you can (10€ / 15€ / 20€ / 25€)
Artistic direction, choreography, sound composition: Inky Lee | Performance: Hyemi Jo, Melanie Sien Min Lyn, Thu-Anh Tran, Soonam Yi, Ka-Yam Chui, Thao, Anonym  | Sound Engineering: Mitchell Keaney | Light Design: Elliott Cennetoglu.

Funded by IMPACT-Förderung 2022, Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa | In cooperation with Korea Verband.


To respect some of the performers' wish to remain anonymous, we decided not to publish further biographies.
Thanks to the performers and all the interviewees for sharing their stories with honesty and courage.
This performance is entirely for you and for the ones who have lived through the experience of discrimination, oppression, isolation, silencing and othering.