”Another body” trapped inside the body of the dancer and choreographer Jung-Ae Kim seeks to reveal itself, and submits her to a dictatorship from within.
‘That stirred me up and I broke out in a fit of violence, something terrible. This fit came from inside me and those are the worst. When they come from outside, like somebody kicking you in ass, you can run away. From inside you’re helpless. When the violence grabs hold of me, I want to get out and never come back. It’s like I had somebody living inside me. I howl and I yell, I throw myself on the ground, I bash my head to get out, but it cannot be done, there are no legs. You’ve got no legs inside you. It does me good to talk about it, that lets some part of it out. See what I mean?’
The life before us, by Romain Gary
For Jung-Ae Kim, this quote from Romain Gary’s ‘The Life Before Us’ explores the critical issues that arise as a dancer, but more deeply, as a human being who is forced to live in a reality that requires perfection in both the moral and physical sense. This requirement for perfection leads to the limitation of what we can consider as our inner world.
The quest for truth is bounded
Therefore, this invisible “other self” seeks to reveal itself by turning inside out the body of the dancer, laying bare a chaotic world while ignoring the physiological constraints of pain. The subjection to the outside world disappears as the “other self” takes control in order to conquer the outer realm. This conflict culminates in an awakening of the “inner self” which moves the artist, but this time with the awkwardness and ecstasy of a stranger discovering the unknown. The experience results in a “second self” which uses the body as a means of expression; to think and to speak. Jung-Ae Kim is compelled to put herself in rare and vulnerable states such as abandonment, lack of control and realization of the naked truth, an altogether different person.
Cast & Crew
- Choreography and Dance
- Jung-Ae Kim
- Thomas Jeker
- Electroacoustic System
- Thierry Coduys
- Sarah Lefevre
Video: Jamais de Jambes
Issu de "Jamais de Jambes", spectacle filmé le 12.01.10 . Un film de Christophe Bousquet // 09.45 // 44.3mb