New Original Works Festival 2012 Week Two

New Original Works Festival 2012: Week Two

Note: All three works presented each night.


The New Original Works Festival continues with works by NICK+JAMES, Jinku Kim and Prumsodun Ok.


As part of an ongoing investigative dance project, experimental choreographers Nick Duran and Jmy James Kidd repurpose movement stored in their bodies from throughout their careers—together, they have danced for Luciana Achugar, Seán Curran, Neil Greenberg, Victoria Marks, Mark Morris, Sarah Michelson, among many others—to create an uncanny duet that reveals lineages of movement. In a sense stolen, yet transformed, transposed and renewed, the dance is performed in strict unison to a live score by multi-instrumentalist Tara Jane ONeil, highlighting subtle expressions of individual desire within the confines of choreographic legacies that stem back decades.


Sound and video artist Jinku Kim composes hypnotic, data-driven synchronizations of electronic music and abstract projected imagery that respond to architecture both as a medium and a source of inspiration. For his latest sense-saturating work, he fills the theater with a looming surfaces developed in collaboration with scenic artist Drew Foster that serve as a luminous skin, immersing the audience in gravity-subverting configurations of pulsing color and light that amplify his time-altering spatialized sound.


Prumsodun Ok's multimedia performance draws on Cambodian pop music and traditional dance to retell and recast a classical drama. Following the narrative of a mythological Buddhist tale in which an earth-bound deity falls in love with a mortal, Of Land and Sky re-imagines the central lovers as two gay men and surrounds them with a chorus of intergenerational women to explore notions of femininity, beauty and transgressive love. A classically trained artist who refuses to dismantle his tradition even as he challenges its constraints, Ok invokes contemporary political inquiry while retaining the elegant gestural language of Khmer dance.

Reinterpreting the gestural vocabulary and ritual function of Cambodian classical dance as a tool to question, explore, and inspire transformation within our world.” —The Huffington Post

Funded in part by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Associated Images: 

THU 8/2
8:30 pm
FRI 8/3
8:30 pm  
SAT 8/4
8:30 pm 


G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff