Director, Writer – Jaime Sunwoo
Sound Designer, Lighting Designer – Matt Chilton
Video Designer – Andrew Murdock
Video Design Consultant – Yudam Hyung Seok Jeon
Performers – Ella Dershowitz, Blaze Ferrer, Vanessa Rappa, Saadiq Vaughan
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In Embodied, four performers convey multiple layers of embodiment as they share the accounts of fifty-five interviewees all responding to a single prompt: “Describe a time you were acutely aware of your race.” Responses range widely– tense, awkward, vulnerable, insightful, defensive, comforting, and absurd– and are expressed through movement, verbatim performance, live sound manipulation, interactive projections, and live feed cameras.
Embodied explores how we perceive messages when they’re being delivered by people with different race and gender identities and how individuals experience race in America– a survey of reflections, desires, insecurities, fears, and defenses as people analyze their perception of self and others.
Jaime Sunwoo is a Korean American multidisciplinary artist from New York working in theater, film, visual art, and public art. Her works connect personal narratives to global histories through surreal storytelling. She studied art at Yale University, and was a fellow for Ping Chong and Company and The Laundromat Project. Her work has been presented at Park Avenue Armory, Abrons Art Center, BAX, The Tank, Dixon Place, Flux Factory, and Art in Odd Places. She has done artist talks and panels at The Met, Museum of Food and Drink, Yale, NYU, and Stony Brook. Through her production company Free Rein Projects, she received awards from QCA, Asian Women Giving Circle, NYC Women’s Fund, Brooklyn Arts Fund, The Laundromat Project, and The Jim Henson Foundation for her play Specially Processed American Me. Her multimedia piece Embodied received support from The Franklin Furnace Fund and Brooklyn Arts Fund. jaimesunwoo.com
This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Brooklyn Arts Council. Rehearsal space for Embodied was provided with generous support from HB Studio and Persona.