This piece was born under the collaboration with choreographer Jung-ah Yoon, as a part of "Sound & Movement Project" where 5 composers met 5 choreographers in a random setting: under no existing connection, composers threw a meeting with choreographers, introduced each other's artistic style and former experiences in their field, and so on - and choreographer Jung-ah Yoon showed an interest in working with me, for the reason that I, both as a dancer and musician, had participated in a number of workshops including Hofesh Shechter Dance company, Traditional Balinese music and dance, and so on. I also LOVED her previous works!!! There my FIRST collaboration with a choreographer - that I have always dreamed of so long - finally came true!! We came to, right away, pick a theme: trauma, suffering, struggling, healing process and spiritual renewal by meditation.
Unlike many other pieces for dance, this music was not created first - it was born, in almost the same process of choreography. There are some part that came even after the choreography (for example, the first part); some came a bit earlier though (the Intro and Outro). While dancers explored their way of movement through improvisations and individual, psychological journey, I, as a composer and pianist, wandered my fingers on the grand piano to discover the right sound to fit to their motion. If I couldn't find anything that day, I video-recorded their movements, and watched it thousand times, imitating their motion (again, I am a dancer too), to embody the inner-rhythm that the movement already had within.
This piece is inspired by Vitale’ and co-author Dr. lhaleakala Hew Len’s book Zero Limits, and Paulo Coelho’s Aleph. Through Ho’oponopono(ho-o-pono-pono), an ancient Hawaiian healing and purifying practice, we are drawn into a journey to seek a path of spiritual renewal. Encountering with our trauma, and being aware that karmic bondages influence all of life, we are close to the divine energy in our mind. All are set free. Feeling the energy, we repeat, “I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. And I love you.”
MORRNAH’S PRAYER (Hawaiian Shaman)
Divine creator, father, mother, son as one…If I, my family, relatives and ancestors have offended you, your family, relatives and ancestors in thoughts, words, deeds and actions from the beginning of ourcreation to the present, we ask your forgiveness…Let this cleanse, purify, release, cut all the negative memories, blocks, energies and vibrations, and transmute these unwanted energies into pure light….And it is done.