Olivia Hyunsin Kim
„MeMe“ starts with the question whether stereotypes are not only restrictions, but also when flipped in another way, a mean of empowerment. So far I have been dealing with stereotypes only on a level of parody. Looking back I question myself if this has become another reproduction of their representation and might have contributed to the status quo in the hierarchy of racial or sexual stereotypes. 'MeMe' deals with the materiality and embodiment of different stereotypes, not only the ones usually identified with me, but also the opposite. This is a (work in progress) showing of my research so far.
Concept, Choreography & Performance: O. Hyunsin Kim | Sound Design & Performance: Baly Nguyen | Stage & Light Design: Lea Schneidermann | Costume: Kristin Gerwien | Dramaturgy: Wicki Bernhardt | Choreography Assistance: Ricarda Sowa | In coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by Einstiegsförderung of the Berlin Senate, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Hessische Theaterakademi and Gießener Hochschulgesellschaft.
The showing is also part of the Theaterscouting venues tour „U8 - artery of the avant-garde“
Olivia Hyunsin Kim works as a choreographer and performer. After studying at Seoul National University, she studied Dance and Theatre at the University of Hawai‘i and Falmouth University (Dartington College of Arts). In 2016 she finished her joint Masters in Choreography and Performance at the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies Gießen and HfMDK Fraknfurt with distinction. As ddanddarakim she collaborates with other artists from diverse genres and creates choreographic works dealing with themes of body, identity, post-colonialism and intersectional feminism. From 2016 till 2017 she created the "MeMe" trilogy adressing the exotification mechanisms and othering practices in the (Western) contemporary performing arts scene of PoC, Queer bodies or bodies with disabilities. "she came, she saw, she said: meme" premiered in 2016 at Tanztagge Berlin at Sophiensaele Berlin and after the performance at Mousonturm Frankfurt was chosen as one of the best pieces in Hessia and toured 2017. "MeMe - I see. Ah!" premiered at ada Studio Berlin's first edition of "neworks", was chosen for the Performing Arts Festial Berlin newcomer series and presented at Sophiensaele Berlin. It was shown also in Mexico City at the Museo Universitario del Chopo. The last piece "Miss Yellow and Me - I wanna be a musical" premiered in 2017 at Mousonturm Frankfurt and then went on to be shown at Sophiensaele Berlin, the Sungmisan Theater Festival, Clinch Festival Hannover and Aufstand der Geschichten Festival in Chemnitz. After the series, the new project "Yellow Banana", produced by het Zuidelijk Toneel, had its premiere in Sophiensaele Berlin and was shown at Theater De Niuwe Vorst Tilburg. From 2016-18 she was part of the feminist band The Kill Joys and tried hard to tear down patriarchy and white feminism. The Kill Joys have been playing at Zürcher Theater Spektakel, AuaWirLeben Bern Festival Center, Impulstanz Festival Center among others. Hyunsin has been nominated for the Ponto Performance Price in 2016 and 2017 and was the recipient of the danceweb scholarship in 2017 at Impulstanz Festvial Vienna. www.ddanddarakim.net