New Research in Dance - Dohee Lee. MU / 巫: Engaging Immigrant and Refugee Groups Through Shamanic Ritual & Root (Puri) Practice Workshop

Department of Dance
New Research in Dance Studies Colloquium Series:
Ritual / Power / Corpo-Realities

Coordinated by María Regina Firmino-Castillo

Mu / 巫: Engaging Immigrant and Refugee Groups through Shamanic Ritual
Root (Puri) Practice Workshop

Dohee Lee
Artistic Director, Puri Arts

October 9, 2019
Wednesday, 4:30-6:20 PM
Performance Lab, ARTS 166

Free and open to the public. RSVP here.

Cosponsored by the Program in Southeast Asian Studies (SEATRiP) and the Departments of Music and Global Studies.

"MU/巫: Shamanic Ritual” will also be presented by the Music Department during its Wednesday@Noon series.

“MU / 巫” is a multi-year (2018-2020) collaborative process involving a diverse coalition of community members who create new rituals for the present while empowering voices to achieve equity and justice for people, ancestors, and lands.

Root (Puri) Practice Workshop: This workshop pulls from Dohee Lee’s training and practice in Korean Gut (Indigenous shamanic ritual) and performative ritual by utilizing techniques that connect to voice, body, heartbeat and spirit. How we tune our bodies through sound, movement and rhythm guides us to navigate and delve deeper into our individual and collective roots, cultural heritages, natural environments and social consciousness. With the tools of breath and rhythm, we tune our body instrument and free our voices to activate sounds, songs and movement. This workshop expands participants' expressive vocabularies of feelings, energies, memories and stories from the current time to the past ancestral time to merge together and create a new art practice and learn a scoring process to facilitate ritual or teaching purposes.

Dohee Lee was born on Jeju Island in Korea. Her creative vision comes from traditional music, singing, drumming and dance rooted in Korean Gut. As the recipient of many honors—including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Doris Duke Impact Award, the Creative Capital Award, and the Isadora Duncan Special Award—she has collaborated with artists such as Kronos Quartet, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Larry Ochs, inkBoat, Asian Improv Arts, Anna Halprin, Amara Tabor Smith, Tatsu Aoki and many others in the new music/performance world. In 2014 Dohee Lee founded Puri Arts, an organization that practices and performs art to commune and heal with people and spirits. It uses ritual to heal fractured relationships in the urban environment between humans and the land and between individuals and their communities. Puri Arts’ original performance works emphasize the mythical, experimental, ritualistic, historical and healing aspects of performance and installation, catalyzing new relationships between identity, nature, spirituality, and the political. Dohee Lee’s current project, MU/巫, “pilots a shamanic model of utilizing traditional arts and culture for engaging immigrant and refugee groups.”

Presentations are followed by dialogue with audience.

Photo by Scott Tsuchitani

Many thanks to: Lily Chan Szeto and Kathleen DeAtley for logistical and communications support; Jacqueline Shea Murphy for sharing institutional memory, syllabi, and practical advice; taisha paggett, Melissa M. Wilcox, Liz Przybylski, Deborah Wong, and Bronwyn Leebaw for generous co-sponsorship and camaraderie; Luís Lara Malvacías for magnanimous provocations; and department chair, Joel Smith, for trusting the process.

Find the 2019-2020 Season here

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:20pm

Arts Building, Performance Lab, ARTS 166
Arts Building, Riverside, CA 92507

Event Type

Arts, Dance, Lectures & Presentations, Workshops


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, International Students, Transfer Students

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