HERE Arts, dedicated to supporting unconventional. multidisciplinary work, presents this new biographical solo play about activist Kathleen Chang, who self-immolated as a final form of protest. More…
Fighting for global social transformation, performance artist and activist Kathy Change (formerly Kathleen Chang) was on a mission to save the world from disaster. As a final act of protest, she self-immolated on the campus of UPenn in October 1996. 'Chang(e)' is a live-staged biographical docudrama that slips between reality and fantasy, plunging viewers inside the mind of Kathy Change. Through a phantasmagorical blend of dance, text (interview and performance transcriptions and Change's own writings), video and original score, Change’s prescient defiance comes to life in this real life account of a modern day "Cassandra."
"The world created by Soomi Kim and director Suzi Takahashi is so vivid that it stays with you long after the play is over, due in no small part to the efforts of the design team…At the center of it all is an awe-inspiring performance by Soomi Kim, who is on stage the entire ninety minutes…The storytelling is unconventional, but that’s the note that feels right for 'Chang(e).'" Full Review
"Soomi Kim is fearless as Change, simultaneously attracting and repelling the audience with her convictions, while showing a startling vulnerability during the dance sequences. Kim devised the piece with director Suzi Takahashi, creating a work that is not so much a biodrama as a group of fragmented memories...One leaves the play with a sense of melancholy, followed by hopelessness." Full Review
"Chang(e) continually walks the line between fantasy and reality, depicting a woman so internally ablaze that her incendiary death seems almost fated...The agile and versatile ensemble cast alternately becomes specters from Change’s past...This depiction would have been better served by giving equal weight to conveying Change’s political message as to representing her disturbed mind and oppressive environment." Full Review
"The documentary impulse is so dominant in 'Chang(e)' that when drama arrives at last, it’s too late, but it’s welcome anyway. Ms. Kim gives a supple performance, paranoid and ranting one moment, lucid and genial the next — but, oh, have she and Ms. Takahashi chosen a tough subject.” Full Review
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