Theaterlab presents the Underwater New York production of
A HELD POSTURE
Created & performed by Hyung Seok Jeon
January 5 – 7, 2018
A Held Posture is a solo performance by multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker Hyung Seok Jeon. The piece explores the image impulse of sinking into the deep ocean. What would you see when you get to the bottom? Through a visual investigation of the abyss, the piece explores the sensation of falling and the experience of generational loss. Formal experiments, including puppetry, a live video feed, and a soundscape created with wireless headphones, guide the audience into the intimate and minimal space within the self.
Hyung Seok Jeon is a multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker from Seoul, South Korea. He began making films when he was 14. As a Fulbright scholar, he earned an MFA in Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College in 2017. In 2014, Jeon’s video work, including his short film Autumn (2014), was installed by the artistic director Robert Wilson at the 21st Watermill Center Annual Benefit. In 2016, he performed in a dance puppetry piece, Tough the Tough (Redux: Steve), directed by David Neumann. In October 2017, he created and performed in How a River Carries You as a part of Puppet BloK 2017 at Dixon Place. His work often centers on selfhood, slowness, and self-reflection through formal experiments with theatrical and visual language on stage.
Producer Underwater New York is a digital platform for creative work inspired by the waterways of New York City. We publish and support work across disciplines and lead programming and excursions around the city’s waterways. A Held Posture extends our scope beyond New York City and takes on the urgency of now, as currents of change—political, social, environmental—create new stakes for how (and where) we live. As it explores the sensation of movement and change, A Held Posture addresses shifting patterns of individual and communal life.