Axis 2: Queering the Social Order

Queering Marriage (2014-2018)

“Feminist Perspectives on Intersectional Community Building,,” moderated by Joy Messinger. Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, Aug. 17, 2018.

What is the difference between love and marriage? How can queer perspectives on sexual orientation, gender, and the intersections of sexuality and race, address systemic cultural violence? What is the human experience of these embodied politics, and the spiritual and material dimensions of love?

Kyoung’s Pacific Beat addressed these questions through a series of long-table conversations centering the voices of queer people of color, with Community Partners API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC, BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), CUNY’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), GAPIMNY (Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York), and Indie Theater Fund along with Cultural Partners the Korean Cultural Center and Official Media Partner Culturebot, and with support from Peoplemovr, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and ART/NY-NYSCA Creative Opportunity Fund.

“Love’s Power/Microinvisibility,” moderated by Stephanie Hsu. Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, Jan. 25, 2018.

Previous Engagements:
– “PILLOWTALK: Post Gay Marriage Politics,” moderated by Stephanie Hsu, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies “After Marriage” Conference, Oct. 2, 2016.
– “PILLOWTALK: Artist Moderated Talk Back,” moderated by Emily Harney, BRIC Arts Media, Sept. 26, 2015.
– “Queering Gay Marriage,” moderated by Stephanie Hsu, Ma-Yi Studio, Jun. 2, 2014.

Download Community Responses to “Pillowtalk: Long Table Series” and Kyoung’s essay, “Queering Marriage” published by our media partner, Culturebot.

K-Onda Hamlet (Fragments) (2015-2016)

Morley: Circle Round Dignity, Courage & Survival. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, April 2016.

K-Onda Hamlet is an experimental, dance-theater piece that explores the Korean pop phenomenon in Chile. This piece was written/directed by Kyoung H. Park and is based on local interviews, Heiner Muller’s HAMLETMACHINE, and K-Pop choreographies. In performance, seven Chilean teenagers tell their stories in search of their artistic identity as an “Other” living in the peripheries of their society, drawing connections between Chile’s K-Pop dancing community and the Zamudio Law, Chile’s first anti-hate crime legislation.

K-Onda Hamlet was developed at Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (GAM) in Santiago, Chile on Jan. 2016, with support from Theater Communication Group’s Global Connections Program, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

Observatorio Cultural, 31st Edition

Download “Nuevas Practicas de la Juventud Chilena: Danzas K-Pop, los Proximos Pasos”, written by Kyoung and published by Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, part of Chile’s Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage.

The Next Genderasian (2012-2013)

Based on gender-bending, coming-out stories and queer Asian myths, Community Voices: The Next GenderAsian offers both moving and outrageous perspectives on what it’s like to be queer and Asian-American through six new, ten-minute plays written by Alain Chan, Joseph F. Lin, Avinash Rajagopal, Lolan Buhain Sevilla, Ryan Shen, and Jason Tseng.

The plays were written as part of Second Generations Community Voices writing workshop led by South Asian playwright and performer Deen, directed by Kyoung H. Park, featuring an ensemble cast of Asian-American performers, including Lost’s Ken Leung, and Obie Award-winners Ching Valdes-Aran and Jojo Gonzalez. Community Voices was announced during Second Generations’ Queer Voices Speak Out panel and ignited a yearlong outreach effort to New York’s queer API community in partnership with GAPIMNY, Q-Wave, and SALGA, three local, grass-roots organizations, with support from the Stonewall Community Foundation and Asian Women Giving Circle.

“Queer Voices Speak Out,” Second Generations @ HERE Arts Center, New York. Nov. 17, 2012.

Download “Queer Voices Speak Out” transcript.