Sunday, 2 July 2017

Your Point of Dramaturgy: lalaland @ Edfringe 2017

 August 15th  – 19th , 2017   theSpace@surgeons Hall Theatre2 

We are pleased to announce that THE LALALAND PRODUCTION is taking a new step forward in Edinburgh fringe festival 2017 and opening at 19 : 10 from 15th to 19th  August 2017!

Dominic, an Asian-British man, gets a message from his old friend James about his upcoming visit. After a short welcome moment, James repeatedly visits Chinatown for seemingly no reason. One day, James confesses to Dominic that he is looking for an East Asian girl from a candid porn video he watched.

What was the inspiration for this performance?

About 2 years ago, I have heard that there was a foreign guy posting ' how to hook up Korean girls from street to bed' on Youtube. The video was generally like a porn video, except that video was real candid video. The girls on video did not know that he was filming whole time. 

The interesting part, also disgusting, from that video was peoples' reactions. Some asian guys commented that asian women just chase for penis size like a whore and blamed on them being 'easy' instead of blaming the guy filming and publishing without their permission. It was a typical victim blaming and I wanted to talk about it.

Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas? 

The most beneficial key delivering this issue through theatre is that we can communicate with audience directly. I am sure that it can throw a question strongly, how they look at characters and what is their opinion about them. 

How did you become interested in making performance?

When I was 8th grade, the entire class went to see a theatre together. The show was very comic and interesting, however, during the curtain call, the actors on the stage cried out because it was their last performance. I still do not know why it was their last performance, probably financial reasons. Since then I could not forget the sense of the distance between their reality and the theatre.

Is there any particular approach to the making of the show?

We are bringing projector to stage and planning to show spectators the candid video to remind them, this is a theatre.

Does the show fit with your usual productions?

Yes, in my recent 2 productions I directed, we were using videos as it is media; tv news, live camera on facebook, etc.

What do you hope that the audience will experience?

I hope them to have a biased perception on each character as we set. At last, when they face that they were biased, what will it be their reactions?

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?

A problematic character will be introduced about his obsessive love by a 'ordinary' character. It is the first device for audience to have their opinions about the problematic character. After his obsession is drawn very romantically, 'ordinary' character will be depicted 'judgemental',even 'mean'. The girl, they are talking about, is completely invisible until the show ends.

‘Your Point Of View’ is newly written and directed by Youri Kim and inspired by a Korean cartoon named ‘3 Inching’, dealing with a porn actress in Japan through Korean men’s points-of-view. Unlike its own work, ‘Your Point Of View’ is newly devised and set in London to focus on how East Asian women are viewed as a sexual object in western countries. 

Company Details

The Lala Land Production debuted in May 2016 in the Ye Olde Rose and Crown pub theatre in London. The group consists of members from Korea, Lebanon, United States, United Kingdom and so on. The artistic director, Youri Kim, recently graduated from the MFA Theatre Directing course in East 15 acting school and is currently working in Theater Trier in Germany.

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