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Da-On Dance's new full length dance work with original live music explores the challenges faced by immigrants adapting to a new culture
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ROOT is a new dance work which examines the realities of being an immigrant, of being a foreigner who must give up all things familiar, relearning daily life while adapting to a new culture. A U.S. resident since 2009, Korean-born choreographer, Jin Ju Song-Begin has personally dealt with the struggles, stresses, and crisis of identity that are so common to the immigrant experience. Immigration brings the loss of the familiar. Every aspect of one’s home culture–language, values, customs, social structures and support networks–is removed, replaced, or rendered “other.” The features of life that had previously served to bind people together into a shared culture and community are simply unavailable. It becomes difficult to navigate one’s surrounding space without becoming lost, internally and externally. How does one fit in without losing the culture, values, and ideas which were once such a vibrant part of her identity? It is a balancing act between staying true to one’s self, heritage and belief system–one’s roots–and finding a way to not only survive, but thrive.

ROOT will feature five immigrant dancers from Korea, Serbia, Mexico, Israel and India. Throughout the creative generation of the piece, the group will explore each dancer’s immigrant story, examining those elements which are unique and which are shared. How did each of us find ways to relate and make sense of the space we now inhabit together? How did we each create a path, a trail we can recognize, learn and repeat that allowed us to carve out a physical and cultural space to call home? Through the making of ROOT, Song-Begin and dancers will be searching for those actions which create meaning and ties between both moving bodies and social beings. In the process, the dancers will build their own community, and expand that community to include the audience as they share the work in performance. This work seeks to center the dialogue surrounding immigration on that which is human, that which is personal. By directly involving the audience in the work, moving them around the space and performing at very close range, ROOT hopes to present the viewers a gateway to empathize with and join the community created onstage.

ROOT marks the latest of several collaborations between Jin Ju Song-Begin and composer Jerome Begin. The musical score is being composed for violin and analog synthesizer, and will be performed by Begin and powerhouse violinist Jennifer Choi. The violin and synthesizer are very different instruments: one acoustic, one electronic; one centuries old, the other modern; one classical, one pop. Begin seeks to play on these themes of foreignness by discovering a myriad of ways that these two very disparate instruments can become acculturated to each other. They interact in ways conceptual, musical, acoustical, and technological. They uncover ways to speak each other’s language and to develop a shared language, all the while trying desperately to maintain their roots.

ROOT will premiere on October 15, 2016 at Peridance’s Salvatore Capezio Theater.

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DA-ON DANCE presents

ROOT

Choreographer: Jin Ju Song-Begin 

Composer: Jerome Begin 

Dancers: Rohan Bhargava, Maira Duarte, Doron Perk, Marija Obradovic, Jin Ju Song-Begin

Lighting Designer: Tuce Yasak

October 15th Saturday 8:00PM, 16th Sunday 7:00PM

Admission: $25 / $17 Student with ID 

Tickets on sale at https://peridance.ticketleap.com/da-on-dance/

SALVATORE CAPEZIO THEATER AT PERIDANCE CAPEZIO CENTER 126 E. 13th Street, New York, NY 10003

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Producing an evening length performance takes an incredible amount of time and resources. All of us at Da-On Dance are fully committed to presenting the fullest realization of ROOT possible. The dedication and the professionalism of the artists and staff are truly inspiring, and the show will go on!

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