Premiere: September 25, 2013, Daegu International Dance Festival, South Korea, Daegu Culture and Arts Center
Created by: Hyunjung Lee with Maree ReMalia and James Graham
Performers: James Graham, Hyunjung Lee, Maree ReMalia
Length: 15 minutes
Music: Gabriel Todd
Photography: Lee JaeBong
Videography: Daegu Dance Association
Slants began as an examination and expression of Hyun’s and my Korean/Korean-American cultural backgrounds and a continuation of our physical research through the Gaga movement language. In 2011-2012, we completed the first official Gaga Teacher Training program in Tel Aviv, Israel. During the program, we discussed the creation of a duet that could also be performed as independent solos. We wanted the piece to reflect our individual dance histories in traditional Korean dance, classical ballet, contemporary dance and our common experience of Gaga. Initial themes ranged from Korean han to our comedic banter to our experience of being identified as Asian and our own associations with this definition, to our love for Korean cuisine and bacon.
slants/Thirty-something draws from the original slants material and explores the performers abstract expressions related to their being part of the 30 is the new 20 age bracket.