Equal parts artist, inventor, wearable tech pioneer, and psychoacoustic scientist, Bora Yoon is one of the most exciting creators working in the field of sound and performance today
— Emerson Rosenthal, The Creators Project
One of 14 artists who are transforming the future of opera
— Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post
*Please note for all sold out performances of Sunken Cathedral there is a possibility of no shows and cancellations. The wait list will start 1 hour prior to curtain for each performance.
TED fellow, Korean-American composer, and sonic surrealist Bora Yoon, fuses voice, electronics, and instruments from various cultures and centuries with evocative video design to create SUNKEN CATHEDRAL, a multimedia performance tracing a musical and archetypal journey through the subconscious. Set in a house where things are not what they seem, and whose architecture illuminates the various chambers of the mind, body, and spirit, each chapter of this contemporary multimedia work excavates blood memory, cultural identity, and the intersections where our greatest diamonds and demons are held. Featuring Korean traditional dance + drumming artist Vong Pak, projections by Adam Larsen, set by Tom Lee, interaction design by R. Luke DuBois, and kinetic sculptures by U-Ram Choe, Sunken Cathedral traces death, life, rebirth, and the cyclical and recombinant nature of our internal and external universe. Directed by Glynis Rigsby.
Music written and performed by Bora Yoon
Directed by Glynis Rigsby
Devised by Bora Yoon and Glynis Rigsby
Projection Design by Adam Larsen
Set Design by Tom Lee
Lighting Design by Haejin Han
Interaction Design by R. Luke Dubois
Stage Manager Melissa Futch
Assistant Stage Manager Singer Morra
Costume Design by Junghyun Georgia Lee
Costume Draper Adrian Boyes
Audio Design & Interaction Associate Boris Klompus
Featuring the kinetic sculptures of U-Ram Choe
Bora Yoon is represented by Sozo Artists, Inc. | sozoartists.com | @sozoartists
Commissioned and developed through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP)
Co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects & HERE
Co-presented by La MaMa E.T.C.
Show Run Time: 60 minutes
BORA YOON (Lead Artist, Composer, Performer, Sound Designer) is an award-winning Korean-American composer and sound artist who creates immersive audiovisual soundscapes using digital devices, voice and found objects and instruments from a variety of cultures and historical centuries—to formulate a cinematic storytelling through sound design. A site-specific and architectural composer, Yoon writes for a wide spectrum of spaces ranging from an abandoned pool, a Frank Gehry building, to galleries and black box theaters. Yoon’s pioneering works have been presented by Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Nam June Paik Museum (Korea), Singapore Arts Festival, MADE Festival (Sweden), Festival of World Cultures (Poland), Park Avenue Armory, and Walker Art Center, among others. Classically trained and steeped in a first love of choral music, Yoon is fascinated by the intersection of space and sound, maps, human Venn diagrams, handsome sounding kitchenware, sonorities, and the pulleys and strings that hold everything together. Yoon is a Music/Sound fellow with the New York Foundation for the Arts, a 2014 TED Fellow and a doctoral fellow in Music Composition at Princeton University. www.borayoon.com
GLYNIS RIGSBY's directing work includes Sunken Cathedral with Bora Yoon for HERE's Culturemart, Anna Ziegler's BFF (Best Friends Forever) and Phillip Ridley's Mercury Fur at The Tank NYC. Her musical credits include work for The Opera Project (The Rape of Lucretia), the Yale Center for British Art (Britannia Triumphans), and Yale College (Into the Woods), and collaborations with sound designer Jane Shaw (Black Snow) and Edmund Mooney (The Devil's Mistress; Beautiful Radiant Things). She has devised scripts with screenwriter Dan Pulick (Rite of the Serpent Skirt) and solo artists Jasmin Rainieri (The Devil’s Mistress) and Jane Ray (Beautiful, Radiant Things). Glynis was named a Fox Foundation Fellow in 2001, holds an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama, is on faculty at the New School for Drama, and currently serves as Chair of the Acting for Film program for the New York Film Academy, New York. www.glynisrigsby.com
VONG PAK (Korean Percussionist) is a Korean-born, New York City-based performing/teaching artist. He has been solidly trained with Korean traditional folk arts, such as poongmul, samulnori and elements of traditional dance. Mr. Pak has been featured in Chihuahua International Festival in Mexico, Istanbul CID-UNESCO, Dominican Republic, International Tours in 15 European countries, Korea, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Out of Doors Festival at Lincoln Center, and among others in NYC. His album, Blue and White Electric Shaman Live, can be purchased on iTunes. For more info: www.koreandrum.org
ADAM LARSEN (Projection Design) is a filmmaker and projection designer. He has designed both on and off Broadway, including: Hal Prince’s LoveMusik (Broadway); The Gospel at Colonus (Athens, Edinburgh and Spoleto Festivals); The Wind Up Bird Chronicle (Singapore and Edinburgh Festival); Brief Encounters and My Fair Lady (Shaw Festival); The Women of Brewster Place (Alliance/Arena Stage); Ghost Brothers of Darkland County and Native Guard (Alliance Theatre); Big (Atlanta Ballet); Love Lies Bleeding, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Balletlujah (Alberta Ballet); From the House of the Dead (Canadian Opera); Lily Plants a Garden (Mark Taper); Maa (Atlanta Symphony/GloAtl); Agrippina (Opera Omaha); Semele (Pacific Musicworks); Quartet (Aspen Santa Fe Ballet); Seed (Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet); Second Hand and Phorion (New World Symphony); Black Whole (Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center/Moog Music); Le Martyre de St. Sebastien, Peer Gynt and Peter Grimes (San Francisco Symphony). Adam holds a B.F.A. in cinematography from N.C. School of the Arts. His documentary about autism entitled Neurotypical aired on the PBS series POV. www.hum-bar.com
TOM LEE (Set Design) is a performer, designer and puppet artist based in New York. His original puppet theater work includes Hoplite Diary & Ko’olau (La MaMa), as well as stage and puppet designs for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Edinburgh International Festival, Singapore Arts Festival), Bride (P.S. 122/ Lone Wolf Tribe), The Lost Garden (Shanghai Mercedes Benz Arena) and Jeanette Yew’s Are They Edible? (La MaMa). He is currently collaborating with director Mallory Catlett on Stephan Weissman’s chamber opera The Scarlet Ibis. Guest Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. www.tomleeprojects.com
HAEJIN HAN (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer and a stage manager. She holds an MFA in Theatre from Brooklyn College. Her lighting design credits include Anna Christie, Flyin' West, Bound, MoM: A Rock Concert Musical, and Love at Home. She is also touring with Burq Off! production as stage manager/lighting designer. She was an assistant production manager in Brigadoon on Broadway; a translator and an assistant technical director for Hero at the Lincoln Center, David H. Koch Theater; and she stage-managed at the BAM Harvey Theater for the 2013 Next Wave Festival's Sweet Science Suite. She has also worked for many dance companies on projects such as Elisa Monte, Gabriel Roth, Nimbus Dance Works, Gloria McLean, ITE Festival, and 277 Dance Project. Currently, she is working at TheaterLab as technical director and at John Jay College as a production manager. She is honored to work with Sunken Cathedral in the PROTOTYPE festival. Thank you very much to my family, my friends, and my supporters.
R. LUKE DUBOIS (Interaction Design, Album Co-Producer) is a visual and multimedia artist exploring the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. Exhibitions of his work include: the Insitut Valencià d'Art Modern, Spain; 2008 Democratic National Convention, Denver; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; San Jose Museum of Art; National Constitution Center, Philadelphia; Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art; Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul; 2007 Sundance Film Festival; and the Sydney Film Festival. His work and writing has appeared in print and online in the New York Times and Esquire Magazine. DuBois is the co-author of Jitter, a software suite for the real-time manipulation of matrix data developed by software company Cycling'74. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. He teaches at the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at NYU's Polytechnic Institute; his artwork is represented by bitforms gallery in New York City. www.lukedubois.com
U-RAM CHOE (Kinetic Sculptures) The visual language of U-Ram Choe describes natural biomorphic form that is marked by a seemingly organic incorporation of etched stainless steel, robotics and acrylic. Exploring the boundaries of archeological discovery and developmental morphology, Choe's explanations and Latin titles for these creations follow the linguistic traditions of scientific nomenclature. Telling stories using gestural transformation and the tracing of imagined evolutionary stages, these pieces take on the silhouette of actual life forms, as intricate automata express a refined delicacy and weightlessness. Unexpected and fantastical, Choe's kinetic simulations cyclically breathe with movement that recalls aquatic propulsion, flight and ritualistic courtship displays. Credits include John Curtin Gallery in Perth, Australia; Asia Society Museum, New York; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; 2008 Liverpool Biennale at FACT, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Shanghai Biennial; Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; NTT Intercommunication Center (ICC), Tokyo; Art Basel; Seoul Museum of Art; Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas; Asian Art Triennial, Manchester Art Gallery; Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul; Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan; Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna; SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo; Beijing Expocenter; and Olympic Art Museum, Seoul. www.uram.net
BORIS KLOMPUS (Audio Design) is a sound artist, interface developer, and fabricator. He works with the Madagascar Institute and the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR). He has collaborated on guerrilla theater performances, built jet engine propelled carnival rides, and developed the control interface, and toured extensively as the robot and computer technician, for Pat Metheny's Orchestrion project. Employed at the Visible Futures Lab, part of the School of Visual Arts, a graduate-level rapid prototyping facility, as an informal mentor of sorts. Current studio practice is focused around synthesis, psychoacoustics, dynamical systems, and (societal) structures.
My fascination with music and sacred architecture stem from the fact that together, they trace what is seen and unseen. Together, they illuminate the visible and invisible. Music's ability to evoke nostalgia, association, time, and place are elements I use to storytell in performance, using various instruments from a variety of cultures and centuries. I am always amazed by music's remarkable ability to transmute and till emotions that life deems too cumbersome and heavy—grief, sorrow, rage, death, war, tumult—into something insightful, beautiful, and profound again. Sunken Cathedral celebrates this idea of transformation, illuminating how the spiritual and sacred live within our mundane activities and world, and that the cycle of creation, destruction, and regeneration are vital for growth, circulation, and progress.