Premiere: March 22, 2013, SpringUp Dance Festival, Bethlehem, PA
Directed by: Maree ReMalia with original movement contributions from the performers
Original creation by: Maree ReMalia in collaboration with Hyunjung Lee
Performers: Jessica Marino and Sarah Parker
Length: 15 minutes
Music: Benga, DJ Amazing Clay, Amon Tobin
Photography: Bill Hebert
Videography: Sarah Carlson and Maree ReMalia
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 remix is the first iteration in the slants series which draws from the original duet, slants, which was created in collaboration between Hyunjung Lee and Maree ReMalia as the culminating project for the PearlArts Studios Artists-in-Residence Series. slants remix is an adaptation of excerpts from the initial piece inviting the performers to establish their own unique relationship through the material.