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Published on Oct 23, 2014
TOUCHING THE MOONS, a 70 minutes multimedia lunar ritual based on ancient Asian worship of the moon, in which the electric komungo, Indian tabla, Korean kagok singer, Indian kathak dancer were interfaced with a computer-controlled MIDI systems, foot switches, and ultra sensors resulting in interactive digital animation and the sound. The work won the Wolff Ebermann Prize at the International Theater Institute (Germany).
TOUCHING THE MOONS was commissioned and premiered by The Kitchen, New York, May 9, 2000, with workshops at MassMoca and performed at the Kennedy Center (Washington DC). Juxtaposing Asian traditional performing arts forms and cutting edge art technology, the work challenges the duality of ancient Asian mythology and American scientific exploration of the moon.
Jin Hi Kim (Concept, Music and Direction) Tennessee Rice Dixon (Interactive Images and Animation) Shin Cha Hong and Parul Shah (Choreography) Alex Noyes (Multi-media Interactive Design and Computer Programming)
Music Performed by Samir Chatterjee (Indian Tabla) Kang Kwon Soon (Korean Kagok Singer) Jin Hi Kim (Electric Komungo, Jangggo)
Dance Performed by Parul Shah (Indian Kathak) Yong-A Choi Shin Cha Hong