Water Storied


The stories about water are fabled, mythological and legendary. It is our way of making sense of this mysterious substance and how we use it to express who we are and our cultures. Artists Edward Schocker and Dohee Lee present ‘Suijin,’ a collaborative piece combining sound, movement, storytelling and unique musical instruments, that explore personal connections to (and fears of) water: water that provided for their livelihood but also took away loved ones and property. Suijin (water people) is a Shinto word used to refer supernatural beings found in lakes, ponds, springs, wells, and irrigation waterways. Click here to buy tickets. 

Artist/dancer Kasia Krasnoplska & dancer Qimmin Liu create a new sonic dance choreography interpreting water movement, and the meaning of water. The “Water” dance is designed as a structural improvisation where two dancers travel, drop, and fall to portray water—an interaction between these two people changing forms. The MEI Collectiv invites audiences to participate in ‘Water Ritual,’ a sound, dance and visual performance/installation that speaks to water’s sacred qualities and highlights its great aesthetic aura, revealing its playful and poetic potential. Throughout this “ritual,” artists and audience members will celebrate together the commons around a central installation: a savory mix of live/recorded, tastings and choreographed performance.

Edward Schocker is a composer and performer who creates music with made/found materials and alternate tuning systems. He holds an M.A. in composition from Mills College, where he founded The Music For People & Thingamajigs Festival. In 1999 and 2000 Edward was artist in residence at the now defunct European Dance Development Center in Düsseldorf where he took part in and conducted workshops in instrument building. Many of his dance-theater collaborations at that time toured throughout Europe and were performed by Jim Fulkerson and members of Amsterdam-based The Barton Workshop. In 2004 Edward composed music for an UNESCO-sponsored work with Echo Arts –a large bicommunal project in Cyprus that helped build understanding between communities in conflict. Residencies and commissions include Stanford Lively Arts with Brenton Cheng, the San Francisco St. Ignatius Choir directed by Jonathan Dimmock, San Jose Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra directed by Gordon Lee, and Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo. In 2006 he was awarded The NEA/Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Fellowship to research Japanese musical instruments and tuning systems, and in 2010 received a 6-month residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Currently, Edward is an ensemble member of the Thingamajigs Performance Group, who recently completed a summer-long residency at the BAM/PFA.

Born on Jeju Island in South Korea, Dohee Lee studied Korean dance, music, percussion and vocals at the master level. Since her arrival in the US she has been a vital contributor to both the traditional and contemporary arts landscape of the Bay Area and beyond. Dohee’s work focuses on integration of traditional forms and contemporary arts through music, movement, images, costumes and installations. Lee’s distinctive and profound performance style evokes the full spectrum of human emotion, the primordial, futuristic, visible and invisible realms. Lee founded the Puri Project in 2004 to present interdisciplinary works that embrace the ritualistic and healing aspects of performance. She was the recipient of the Isadora Duncan Special Award honoring Outstanding Achievement for her piece “FLUX”, performed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2008. In 2010, she appeared at Carnegie Hall with Kronos Quartet, performing her original composition, Sinawi, and at Muru at Teatro Municipal de Lima with Pauchi Sasaki and Collective (((OIE))). Lee acted as artistic director and instructor at the Korean Youth Cultural Center was a resident artist and instructor at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, and has been a guest instructor at San Francisco State University, Saint Mary’s College, UC Berkeley and Northern Illinois University.

Qinmin Liu is a dancer and choreographer from China. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a BFA in Dance and performance and has been dancing and performing for fourteen years. Her passion is creating art. She believes that art is a communicable language that is more direct than words because it speaks right to the human emotions. There is no limitation for any artistic expression. Dance is her tool to express her feelings and views of the world. Currently, she is the funder and artistic director of QINMIN ARTS. Her goal is to discover and develop dance with a fresh artistic impact and a sense of humor. Kasia Krasnopolska is a local San Francisco multidisciplinary artist. In her art she explores different media like painting, dance, theater and film as a form of expression. Kasia is always interested in exploring movement as a part of life, as a part of change that happens naturally in the environment. In her art movement, color and organic forms are a driving force of inspiration. Kasia has a BFA in painting and a BA in dance and choreography from SFSU.

MEI.collective are: Jorge Bachmann, Jessica Resmond, Géraud Bec, and Ignacio Valero. It is a visual art and sound design collective based in San Francisco and France. Its members are inspired by a common creative desire to experiment and mix up sensibilities and skills. Together they explore social, cultural, biopolitical and environmental dimensions of our human interactions with all living things.

Jorge Bachmann (founding member) is a Swiss-Colombian multidisciplinary artist: sound/video/photo/sculpture. He harvests sounds and visuals that focus on the mundane with an aesthetic of the strange, the unique and the microscopic.

Jessica Resmond (founding member) is a French-American artist living and working in Toulouse, France. Her work includes site specific installations, interactive or multimedia sculptures that focuses on the existing tensions between biological rhythms and organisms in order to better grasp alternatives for the fast-paced technology/economy driven global landscape.

Géraud Bec is a sound artist who lives in Paris. He is a sound editor, and a sound designer for media and acoustic composition. His music is often characterized by contrasting fluctuations between violent sound events and contemplative scapes, inspired by natural phenomena. His current research mainly focus on creating a “living” musical system.

Ignacio Valero is a current associate professor of Humanities and Sciences at California College of the Arts. Ignacio was formerly with the International Center for Environmental Education, CFCA, and the United Nations environment and development programs UNEP and UNDP. Ignacio’s current interests include the political economy of the image, consumption, desire, and the society of the spectacle; environment, globalization, and the commons; and the aesthetic, philosophical, and cultural dimensions of “archaic modernity” in science fiction, anime, gender and sexual difference, mass media, and sociopolitical development.

This event is presented at SOMArts Cultural Center through participation in the Affordable Space Program, which provides below-market rental space, production and publicity assistance to nonprofit organizations. For more information visit our rentals page.