Fountain for Ballet and Wind Orchestra (2019)

We engrave our pieces of life into a fountain.

Taking a picture around it,

Playing in the water, and

Throwing a coin with a wish……

The fountain records our luminous memories into itself like a festival scene

and spurts water with catharsis.

However,

I step up to the fountain after the brilliant time.

A delicate moonlight in the dark sky,

The calm and sparkling water surface.

The moonlight reflects off the still water I peep into.

The long-lost memories are shimmering in the calm fountain.

 

Music: Heena Yoon

Choreography: Anna Carnes, State Street Ballet 

Dance: Anna Carnes,  Ahna Lipchik, Amber Hirschfield, Chloe Kelley

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Bridge II for flute, nay, and two dancers (2019)

Composition and nay: ​Heena Yoon

Flute: Adriane Hill 

Choreography and dance: Meri Takkinen and Jennifer Deslippe 

 

Backdrop image: Painter Salma Arastu's "We Witness" (salmaarastu.com)

Premiered at the UCSB summer music festival, "Composition+Choreography" and "Women, Arts, Life" created and curated by composer Heena Yoon, August 10-11, 2019.

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B. for piano, dance, and light-shadow (2017)

Piano & Composition: Heena Yoon

Dance: Meri Takkinen

Frontdrop handmade by Soonho Shin 

Dharma Arts: At the Intersection of Creativity and Compassion

https://retreat.pacifica.edu/dharma-arts/

Performed as closing piece of the "art-retreat," this video is an excerpt of the rehearsal. 

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From Your Old Bookshelves (2016)

Performed in the UCSB Library for the Open House

Choreographed by Christina McCarthy 

Mural "Lament" by Nancy Gifford

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Bronze, Global Music Awards, 2014

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.

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