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Around the Center
Kudos
to Fine Arts Center Board Member Dr. Patricia Romney

Spotlight on Sponsors

Performing Arts
Song Hee Lee
Korean Dancer Finds the “Third Way”

Decay of the Angel
Dancer Fleming Pushes the Limitations of the Human Skeleton

Joe Fonda
The Magic Triangle Jazz Series Unleashes its 15th Season

The Show Goes On
West Side Stories Looks at Amherst

The Silken Phoenix
The Core Ensemble featuring Fiona Choi

Don’t Miss these Big and Sassy Ballet Boys
The Trocks Hit Amherst

Visual Arts
Balls and Arrows
Carla Carpenter’s Sculptural Work

UMass Landscape Architecture
Department Celebrates Centennial with Exhibit at University Museum of Contemporary Art

General
Educating Through the Arts

New Web Site Unveiled
for the Education/Access Department

Business and the Arts Make Great Partners
Survey Reveals Workplace Art Collections Are Valuable for Business

February/ March 2004 > Song Hee Lee
Song Hee Lee
Korean Dancer Finds the “Third Way”

 


In keeping with its mission of providing engaging visual and performing arts dialogues within its walls, Augusta Savage Gallery will present Korean dancer and choreographer Song Hee Lee in an intimate dance performance on Tuesday March 30th at 7pm. Lee’s personal style draws on both modern and traditional Korean dance forms. She has developed a style of dance that manages to be contemporary and timeless, international and Korean, intensely personal and deeply transpersonal. In 1991, her first solo performance, “Waiting for a Man,” received national recognition in Korea for its unique combination of traditional and modern, as well as Eastern and Western aesthetics.

With the goal of further exploring Western dance influences, Lee moved to the Unites States in 1997. Continuing her work within the context of the New York dance world, she no longer thinks of her choreography as a synthesis of Eastern and Western forms, but rather as the starting point of a new tradition – what she calls “the third way.” “Karma,” her third solo performance and New Yorkl debut, received a strong and affirmative review in the New York Times.

Currently, Lee is preparing her second U.S. performance, “Karma II: 108 Defilements and Purification.” The dance will be a further exploration of her evolving conception of a choreographic “third way,” in which conflicts between Eastern and Western aesthetics, the traditional and the modern, are transcended in preparation for the new millennium. The performance is free to the public


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