Kayla Tange’s desire to connect with people and fascination
with admission have inspired her to create performances
around themes that are common to us all–sex, shame, secrets,
identity and connection. As a Korean adoptee with a personal
story of parental and identity loss, she learned to encapsulate
various selves out of fear of rejection. Consequently, Tange
struggled with both physical and emotional boundaries, often
letting people cross them, unaware of what these were to begin
with. In her work, she engages the latent tension between
desire and anxiety, exposing her own vulnerability, battling the
internal struggle of acclimating to trauma, and inviting others
to off er theirs.
The spoken word, music and dance special event Boundaries
starts with her asking the question, “Tell me a way in which
your boundaries were crossed?” This new work begins by
sharing stories from a performance during a 2016 Downtown
Los Angeles art walk. Answers were written and shared
anonymously, revealing the control these experiences exert
on our identities – emotions emanating from constraint and
degrees of consent.
Boundaries not only honors these past stories by incorporating
them into the work, but also gives life to a new shared narrative
adding a musical soundscape created by cellist Ro Rowan;
florid dance in direct response to the score by tango dancers
Juan Gabriel Magni and Romina Rodriguez-Costa; and subtle,
performative movement by American Sign Language interpreter Caroline Blaike that translates Tange’s words literally, creating a mirror image. In Boundaries, we collect your true anonymous stories as they are told. The life of each audience member becomes a vital element in an immersive narrative - combining movement, constraint, live music, and multi-media elements - where art and life no longer imitate each other, but are unifi ed right in front of our eyes. Boundaries’ vision is to validate your experiences through a filter in which your pain is part of a necessary catalyst for change. The evening begins with a performance of original songs by multidisciplinary musician and artist, Daniel Crook, accompanied by Adam Ashe, whose work focuses on gender, identity and personhood.
Video taken by Joseph Lee.
Performed at Highways Performance Space
July 28-29, 2017