Doris Duke Impact Award, 2015
Multidisciplinary Performance, Theatre
Since 2004, Dohee Lee has combined traditional Korean dance, music, and shamanism with modern mediums including electronic instruments, video, and customized software. Through this amalgamation of old and new, she creates an innovative form of ritual performance. Based on the legends of Mago, the creator goddess in Korean mythology, her multimedia work MAGO (2014) features a series of six, site-specific cleansing rituals. Representing Mago’s home, the ocean is symbolically present, and in the final chapter, she becomes a Mermaid Warrior who fights for female power in the future. Her work FLUX (2008) was influenced by I-Ching, which is also called the Book of Changes. It used Chinese Philosophy to question historical challenges between Korea and America, and included an I-Ching reading with divination sticks. Her current work ARA: Waterways Time Weaves integrates people’s stories with movement, music, installation art, and technology to form a community-driven performance ritual.