I feel very locked into this identity that I'm not a dancer. Fortunately, the outside world isn't always privy to our insecurities. I was contacted by a friend, Amy Kathleen, part of the duo, Bathing Belles, who was on a short trip back to the Bu and interested in collaborating on a music video for their song, "The Hunger." The timing was serendipitous as I had just begun training with my AcroYoga partner, Inkyu, again after nearly a year hiatus due to my travels and his new freelance work. Personally, I was in a space that needed the structure of a project, even better a physical one that was on quite a tight timeline.
There's always a lot of ego coupled with insecurity- can we still do it? Bigger! Harder! Better stunts! The song was delivered to us via voice memo with little more than the sparse accompaniment of a ukelele reminiscent of a music box. The song was subtle, uncomplicated- and it informed our movements to reflect the same.
I am so incredibly humbled by the talented people in my world and lucky to have their light spark my own inspiration. Thank you for the opportunity, the encouragement and, of course more than anything, the actual grind- staying patient take after take as we battled chicken delivery scooters, drivers with quite pressing agendas and drunken youth.
Thanks to Simon for being extra hands on deck, my partner Inkyu for his never-ending patience with me and willingness to try whatever hair-brained shape comes to mind that I believe is possible. Thank you to Jess + Amy for your beautiful partnership and the inspired fruits of that love, and inviting me into the collaboration. What's come of it speaks to the unpolished charm of Busan, the magic of creating something out of nothing, and of the beauty of love and longing.