An artist residency at Duri Theatre, Seoul, Korea
I'm kickstarting my 2018 by spending a month in Seoul working on a new project with site-specific theatremaker Jinyeob Lee aka Elephant Laugh. Yep, this is definitely exciting. The point of the residency is about growing cultural understanding and networks between UK and Korea and though we don't quite know what cultural understanding we might come up with together, or what our collaboration might look like we have a hunch it'll be interesting. Jinyeob was spending a few days in London on another project so I invited her to Brighton and we had, on a cold November day, one of those great meandering conversations that jumped from opinions on pregnancy and motherhood to cabbage and motorbikes to how abortion is illegal in both our countries which led to us talking about sex festivals and a penis theme park on Jeju Island.
Not that our collaboration will necessary feature any of those things... maybe cabbage...But I feel that all of this surely bodes well! So here we go. Here There or, as they say in Korea, Yeogi Geogi 여기 거기. You can follow my progress on my blog here.
HERE THERE is produced by Farnham Maltings. It is financed by the Arts Councils of England and Korea to encourage an exchange of practice, ideas and skills between the two countries with the ambition of creating long term, collaborative relationships between artists and communities around the world.