MLCG (MY LITTLE CHINA GIRL)
Fridays and Saturdays, November 3 -18, 2017, 7:30PM
(161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002)
Tickets: $21 in advance, $24 at the door, $18 Seniors 65+, Students
About This Show
When David Bowie died, performing artist and choreographer Soomi Kim was suddenly reminded of her own coming of age as a Korean-American in the MTV generation and her adolescent desire to be the exotic Asian woman in Bowie’s “China Girl” video. MLCG (MY LITTLE CHINA GIRL) is a high-octane solo performance that deals with Ms. Kim’s experiences as a first generation Korean-American, tackling themes of Western standards of beauty, the deep and physical pain of loss, and yearning for approval - from her father, from society, and from the white male icon on her TV screen.
In MLCG (MY LITTLE CHINA GIRL), the fourth piece in Soomi Kim’s series of theatrical works as she continues to explore her central artistic theme of the Asian-American experience. As a member of one of the few immigrant families in her Oregon hometown, Ms. Kim felt compelled to hide her culture as an adolescent and now seeks to reclaim those buried parts of her identity through her art. Told through dance and text - drawn from excerpts of her childhood diary – MLCG (MY LITTLE CHINA GIRL) expands on this recurring theme to include the devastating loss of Kim’s mother at an early age and her father’s swift remarriage via arrangement just five months later. This autobiographical show sees Kim struggling to bridge both a cultural and generational divide while navigating the sensitivities of adolescence and the yearning to be heard and understood.
About the Artist
SOOMI KIM is a performing/movement artist who is most well known for spearheading a trilogy of plays inspired by Bruce Lee (Lee/gendary 2008) artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (Dictee: bells fall a peal to sky 2012), and performance artist & political activist Kathy Change (Chang(e) 2015, HERE Arts Center project). Her works were co-devised and directed by Suzi Takahashi and have been presented at the 1st, 3rd and 4th Consortium for Asian American Theater Artists in NYC (Samuel Beckett Theatre), LA (Inner City Arts) and Philadelphia (InterAct). Awards and Residencies: NPN Creation and Forth Fund, Urban Arts Initiative, NYITA winner, Mabou Mines, Hemispheric Institute and Asian Arts Initiative. Upcoming: Dec. 2017: Boomarts presents Chang(e) in Portland, OR. She has been a Guest artist at Harvard, Oregon State University, and NYCAASC.
For tickets and information, please visit the website at dixonplace.org/performances/mlcg-my-little-china-girl.