Kris Seto: The Tip of the Tongue

Kris Seto, photo by Patrick Dodson

Prime Performance - Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 7pm
(**Please note that this performance takes place at the University Art Museum)

Created in dialogue with visual artist Michelle Young Lee and her neon work "I am the Signal; You Are the Wave," The Tip of the Tongue is a collaborative dance piece by movement artist Kris Seto that excavates the invisible forces and walls of assimilation we traverse. Part memoir, part movement monument to those who have come before us, it is an unearthing of the unseen, the buried - the physicalization of the ineffable.

Kris Seto – Creative Director/Performer
Michelle Young Lee – Producer/Performer
Jayson P. Smith – Creative and Movement Consultant
OHYUNG – Composer and Sound Designer
Devon Hong – Costumes
Joseph Imhauser – Voiceover


Presented in partnership with the University Art Museum and in relation to Well/Being: An Exhibition on Healing and Repair open until December 11, 2021.  The performance is made possible with funds from the New York State DanceForce, a partnership program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the New York State Governor and Legislature.

 


 

The University Art Museum and the UAlbany Performing Arts Center, both based at the University at Albany, are pleased to work in partnership to present movement artist Kris Seto in The Tip of the Tongue on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 7pm in the University Art Museum on the Uptown Campus of the University at Albany. 

Created on site in a fall residency that began in late August, Seto shaped the work in dialogue with visual artist Michelle Young Lee and her neon work "I am the Signal; You are the Wave" which is part of Well/Being: An Exhibition on Healing and Repair.  The Tip of the Tongue excavates the invisible forces and walls of assimilation. Part memoir, part movement monument to those who have come before, it is an unearthing of the unseen, the buried - the physicalization of the ineffable.

Seto's movement background includes traditional Thai & Chinese folk dances and hip-hop/street jazz with influences from contemporary forms including Gaga, Nadine Bommer’s Kinetica, Butoh and wiggling. Since 2014, Seto has been creating work with VESSELS, a dance-theatre collective co-founded with longtime collaborator Shoey Sun.  “I like to identify myself as an artist in capitalist drag,” claims Seto, “as my major passion is dance, movement and somatic practices.”

Lee is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in Brooklyn. With imagery drawn from the window neon of Asian American shops, her commissioned works for the University Art Museum are a memorial to the six Asian women killed in Atlanta in March and a protest against white supremacist violence and sexual fetishization.

Rounding out the creative team for The Tip of the Tongue are creative/movement consultant Jayson P. Smith, composer/sound designer OHYUNG and costume designer Devon Hong with voiceover by Joseph Imhauser. 

Well/Being: An Exhibition on Healing and Repair (August 4 to December 11, 2021) features twelve established and emerging artists presenting multi-disciplinary approaches to pandemic-related issues such as kinship, chronic illness, convalescence, intimacy, the emotional costs of caregiving and various incarnations of love and community.  Well/Being also includes participatory workshops, performances and conversations created to provide an environment in which visitors can experience forms of connection, resilience, action and hope in these turbulent times.