Cellist, improvisor, and 2011 ISSUE Artist-in-Residence Okkyung Lee performs with dancer Michelle Boulé. In long white shadows the performance space is explored by performers who constantly change their relationships within and towards to it. The audience is faced with rather unusual ways of perceiving the music and movement: simple, slow and hypnotic at times.
Cellist and improviser Okkyung Lee, a native of Korea, has developed her own voice in a contemporary cello performance, improvisation and composition. Using her solid classical training as a springboard, she incorporates jazz, sounds, Korean traditional and pop music, and noise with extended techniques to create her unique blend of music. She has received a composer commission from New York State Council on the Arts (2007) and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant (2010).
Michelle Boulé is a dance artist, teacher, and BodyTalk practitioner based in New York. She has been performing and teaching internationally over the last 11 years. Since 2001 she has worked with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People and in 2010 received a New York Dance and Performance Award “Bessie” for her performance and creative collaboration in Last Meadow by Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People. She has also worked with the Deborah Hay Dance Company (William Forsythe commission If I Sing to You), John Scott, David Wampach, John Jasperse, Liz Santoro, Neal Beasley, Donna Uchizono, Christine Elmo, Beth Gill, Judith Sanchez-Ruiz, Doug Varone (Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Opera Colorado), Netta Yerushalmy, and Gabriel Masson. She is part of the teaching faculty and Artists Advisory Council of Movement Research in New York. She has also been a faculty/artist-in-residence at Hollins University (Roanoke, VA) and the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, IL). She participated in the SKITE artists residency in Caen, France in 2010, and in 2002, she was a DanceWeb scholarship recipient at Impulstanz in Vienna. She has shown work in New York at the Center for Performance Research, Judson Church, P.S. 122, Danspace Project, the Bushwick Starr and at the Krannert Center in Illinois and the University of Utah.