I would do anything for love. The mother is considered the epitome of the care worker and is, at the same time, a figure forced to constantly fail: whatever she does – it is simply never enough! The choreographer and performer Olivia Hyunsin Kim has, nevertheless, chosen motherhood and in Like Daughter, Like Mother confronts the question of how she can still remain an artist. Because, as the recent pandemic with home office and homeschooling has shown us again, the path to reconciling family and career is still a long one.
In an audio-visual performance, Olivia Hyunsin Kim creates images of motherhood that oscillate between guilt, sacrifice, and unworthy parenthood. At the same time, she develops fluid forms of motherhood that break down biologically and socially shaped understandings of roles. Based on her relationship with her own mother on the one hand and with her newly born daughter on the other, Olivia Hyunsin Kim takes a close look at the social expectations placed on her and, at the same time, humorously takes aim at them, for: I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that.
OLIVIA HYUNSIN KIM works as a choreographer and curator in Berlin, Frankfurt a.M. and Seoul. She won the first place of the Amadeu Antonio Arts Award 2019 for Miss Yellow and Me – I wanna be a musical. She completed her master’s degree in choreography and performance at the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies Giessen and the HfMDK Frankfurt with distinction. In 2017 she was danceWEB scholarship holder at Impulstanz and is 2020/21 scholarship holder at the Kulturakademie Tarabya. Her work has been shown at Sophiensælen Berlin, Art Sonje Center Seoul, Mousonturm Frankfurt, Museo Universitario del Chopo Mexico City, among others.
CONCEPT Olivia Hyunsin Kim BY AND WITH Wicki Bernhardt, Yeonsook Jeong, Olivia Hyunsin Kim, Jones Seitz
A production by Olivia Hyunsin Kim/ddanddarakim in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin and zeitraumexit Mannheim as part of the Wunder der Prärie festival. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partner: Berlin Art Link, taz.die tageszeitung, tipBerlin