About the Grant
$30,000 to support The Mago Project (MAP 2013)
$3,500 to general operating expenses for Dohee Lee
$2,500 to general operating expenses for Dancers' Group
About the Project
Dohee Lee will create The Mago Project, a performance installation integrating music (Electronics, live music, voice, percussion), dance, animation, ritual, Korean shamanism, a new custom-designed-and-built instrument “Eye Harp,” costumes and animation.
Mago is the creator goddess in ancient Korean mythology, central to the practice of Korean shamanism. The legend of Mago outlines this piece, which aims to express the interconnectedness of dreams and reality, past and present lives, karma and destiny, microcosm and macrocosm. Through an exploration of the myth of Mago and Dohee Lee's own story, the piece unfolds in 10 chapters, revealing this interconnectedness and its implications in one’s life. The work itself will be a cleansing/purging ritual, an intensely personal journey of birth, self-discovery, confrontation, action, and re-birth, and like all of Lee's work, will embrace spirituality, politics and healing.
The work combines ritual ceremony with contemporary performance to create a new art form; utilizes audience participation as an opportunity to explore their own layers of mythology, personal story and political stories; and creates a work out of Lee’s personal voice that will tour widely and garner international exposure.
The 2013-14 season will feature four site-specific, public rituals at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco (indoors and outdoors), culminating with an installation/performance premiere in the YBCA Forum.