"Communing with You", a mother+daughter collaboration

photo by Jonah Rathkopf

photo by Jonah Rathkopf

Saturday November 19 @ 4pm
Brooklyn Arts Exchange
421 5th Ave. Studio D

*This event is FREE, but please reserve your seat here

A collaboration between Aoi Lee & Kristine Haruna Lee. 
Also featuring Maxwell Cosmo Cramer & Storm Thomas. 

Kristine Haruna Lee will be collaborating for the first time with Aoi Lee on a mother-daughter piece. They will be in residency together for two weeks at BAX developing a performance inspired by AL's butoh and KHL's writing. They will begin this process through images rather than conversation, as a way to bypass Japanese-English language barriers between the two of them. They will focus their findings on 'female metamorphosis', and it's relationship to reincarnation, memory, and spaces of 欲 (yoku) or desire. 


Read a preview piece about "Communing with You" in the Brooklyn Paper

Read an article in The Brooklyn Rail about BAX's 25th Anniversary and the AIR Open Studios by Jess Barbagallo, including excerpts by Kristine Haruna Lee. 


“I was really awestruck when she told me of her foray into performance, and all of a sudden we had a shared discourse, we could talk about practice, and most of all I loved hearing on the phone about the rush she’d get when performing. So I had this idea that she should come out to New York for a little while and we could create something together, collaborate beyond our usual mother-daughter relationship,” Lee writes to me. “My mother is Japanese, and I’m, well, it’s complicated because I’m half Japanese, half Taiwanese, and very American and I speak English pretty alright, but my Japanese is stunted at a third grade level. So we’ve always had communication issues, especially growing up. As we’ve been talking about how to work together, we’ve also been talking about creative language, or how to get around language creatively, and we decided to begin the process by sharing only visuals. We’ve been bi-coastal pen pals, but with images we want the work to look like, or images that are inspiring or terrifying to us right now.”
— The Brooklyn Rail