Let us dance

Hong, Y (2019) Let us dance. In: Still I Rise, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 14 September - 15 December 2019.

Item Type: Performance
Creators: Hong, Y
Abstract: Every Sunday through 'Still I Rise', Arnolfini's galleries will be transformed into a platform for groups of young, female street dancers - taking ownership of a space they are usually denied, in Young In Hong's performance work. Let Us Dance invites teenage girls to voluntarily create a central role in a performance. Street dancing teenagers, enter the gallery space, dance to soundtracks from their mobile phones playing their choice of songs and then leave the space. This simple act of resistance, defiance, and tremendous skill gestures towards a world in which the autonomy and celebration of young women in institutional spaces is a given rather than an exception. The artist offers space and time for the girls to dance, the girls are given the opportunity to create the artwork on their own. Here the completion of the work is entirely left in the girls’ hands. Hierarchy and the authorship of the artist as well as the artwork and the role of art in the current socio-political climate are questioned through a vibrant piece of dance.
Official URL: https://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/performance-l...
Date: September 2019
Event Location: Arnolfini, Bristol, UK

Let Us Dance was inspired by the teenage girls’ role in 2008 demonstrations in Seoul, and first performed in PLATEAU, Seoul in 2014. In 2016, Let Us Dance was revived by a different group of participants in Paris as part of South Korea Guest of Honour, Art Paris Art Fair 2016. This is the project's UK premiere.

The performance evolves each time it is shown as it works in collaboration with different participants.

Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Research Centres and Groups: Art Research Centre
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2019 12:09
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 13:01
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