On a dark evening, Ann (26, a night worker), Una (22, a jobseeker and a single mum), Jin (31, job unknown) and Elvire (26, a migrant worker, nanny) are having a dinner party. It is not clear whether this is a dream or a real setting. As the party progresses, Ann, Una and Elvire become increasingly drunk and start behaving wildly. They intimidate Jin who finds herself isolated and unable to communicate with the others. She slips away in the middle of the dinner, finding herself left out, starts to talk to herself. This is how her secret starts to unfold.
Hong's 'In Her Dream', is a production of drama, tension and exuberance with a Baroque aesthetic, in the frame of Korean ethnicity and folkloric tradition. Hong’s take on shamanism, Korean Shamanistic production of ritual, and exhilaration coalesced with the expression of unjust behaviourism in a repressively built society, focuses on the production of women's position within. Hong's detailed study of induced violence and isolation in the everyday lives of women from various countries of affiliation comes forth in the form of a work of art. Four dancers, and two musicians activate the space of the performance that concentrates on two stages of being, among a community and in confinement. The choreography, built on extensive research on archival imagery of social change is brought to light by sounds and movement only. The confluence of baroque aesthetics with Korean Shaman music find form in ‘In Her Dream', inviting the audience to a journey of broken words, uncanny encounters of a tainted narrative.
Young In Hong is a prolific artist working with a variety of media from embroidery works to installation, photography to performance. Her new commission for fig-2, in collaboration with Delfina Foundation and Korean Cultural Centre, London takes place at the ICA Studio and ICA Theatre. Hong's piece will be the first of four commissions that will activate the ICA Theatre, where the performance will then feed back to the installation at the ICA Studio.
The Monday performance is unticketed. Please book your tickets for the Thursday performance here. This will be followed by a Q&A with ﬁg-2 curator Fatos Üstek and the artist Young In Hong.