Sam Kim will develop Benediction for Lesser Souls, an evening-length dance revealing the secret rites of liminal beings outcast from the human world, inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the work of clothing designer Martin Margiela.
Sam Kim makes dances that focus on the margins of culture and behavior, creating space for vulnerability while courting danger. Since 2002, Kim has created Darling (Performance Space 122, 2009), dumb dumb bunny (The Kitchen, 2007), Cult (Dance Theater Workshop (DTW), 2007), AVATAR (Mulberry St Theater, 2006), Nobody Understands Me (DTW, 2004), Placid Baby (Performance Space 122, 2003) and Valentine (Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, 2002). She has also created several shorter works since 1997.
Sam Kim’s work has been presented and commissioned by The Kitchen, DTW, Performance Space 122 and Danspace Project multiple times, in addition to other progressive venues such as Highways Performance Space (LA), Studio 303 (Montréal), the Unknown Theater (LA), Bryant Lake Bowl Theater (Minneapolis), the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Galapagos Art and Performance Space and Movement Research, among many others.
Kim's work has been supported by awards from organizations such as the Lucky Star Foundation, the MAP Fund, the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Movement Research, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) and the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Center. Kim was a 2004-05 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, a 2007-09 Dance Artist-in-Residence at BAX and the recipient of a Spring 2010 DTW Outer/Space Creative Residency at Brazil. She has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony (2012), Djerassi Resident Artists Program (2013) and Baryshnikov Arts Center (2013) to develop Benediction for Lesser Souls.