Bongsu Park + Jinyeob Cha
03–06 Jul 2019
The Coronet Theatre, Notting Hill, London
A dance journey through sleep and into the subconscious inspired by the Korean tradition of buying and selling dreams
Acclaimed London-based Korean artist Bongsu Park has joined forces with choreographer and dancer Jinyeob Cha to create Dream Ritual, a dark ethereal dance performance inspired by the Korean tradition of buying and selling dreams. Together, Park and Cha take the audience on a journey through the stages of sleep and the subconscious.
Dream Ritual is rooted in the tales of dream transactions first encountered in the Samguk Sagi, the oldest surviving chronicle of Korean history. Cha’s character Munhui buys a dream and becomes a shaman who travels to the collective unconscious where she encounters the dreams of others.
Quotes from real-life dreams – donated via the project’s website – are projected onto sweeping folds of organza which represent the arcs and ripples of a typical sleep brainwave. Jinyeob Cha travels along and between the curved line of fabric, her ritualistic choreography swirling and earthbound. haihm’s ambient soundtrack includes field recordings of aboriginal dream ceremonies.
In the Print Room studio running alongside the performance of Dream Rituals is an exhibition of a selection of Bongsu Park’s video works, part of her ongoing exploration of dreams, mythologies and the cycle of life.
Elegant, inventive, and thought-provoking work
Explores the hazy chasm between waking and sleeping
An inventive and inspiring journey into the unconscious
A delicate, mesmerising and fascinating multi-sensory journey through sleep and dreams
It’s a delicate work, ephemeral but leaving a lingering spell
A thought-provoking and visually striking production on the subconscious
A supremely elegant and delicate show
Concept & Direction
Choreography & Performance
Heesoo Lee (Samguk Yusa part), Bernard Hénusse, Giovanni Dominici, Jennimaria Palmaki, Nelson Moreira, Victoria Garduno, Hazel Riley
Dream Ritual Crowdfunding
Rachel Lipson, Richard Burger
Philip Gowman, Sunok Phillips, Charlotte Callaghan, Hazel Riley,
Nadine Marsh-Edwards, Ronald Bailey, Georgia Adamson,
Ian Rosenfeld, Heesoo Lee
Thanks also to
Soohyun Chang, Tabish Khan, Young Mi Tombros, Nick Tombros, Yong Min Cho, Brenda Curtis, Lionel Curtis, Jason Verney, Lucy Jenks,
Polly Tootal, Stephanie Seungmin Kim, Micheline Auger, Keita Miyazaki
WORLD PREMERE in association with
The Coronet Theatre
SPECIAL THANKS TO
The Korean Cultural Centre UK
rosenfeld porcini gallery