Mago is a multidisciplinary performance installation integrating music, dance, animation, ritual and Korean shamanism.


The Korean word, PURI refers to the relieving and releasing of suppressed or suffering spirits. Dohee Lee created the PURI Project in 2004 as way to incorporate multiple art forms to bring meaning to people’s lives and vitality to their souls. The project fulfills Dohee Lee’s goal to continually explore interdisciplinary collaborations in her fight for peace and social justice in Spirituality.

28th September 2014

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Dohee Lee: MAGO | YBCA →

Fri, Nov 14, 8:00 PM
Sat, Nov 15, 8:00 PM

A performance installation of dance, music, animation, and ritual that takes you on a mythical journey woven through the Third Street Courtyard, Grandy Lobby, and YBCA Forum spaces — where continents, seas, internal landscapes, ancestral legacies, and a woman’s earthly journey intertwine.

Mago, the creator goddess in ancient Korean mythology, is central to the practice of Korean shamanism. The legend of Mago, on which this piece is based, is both a cleansing/purging ritual and an intensely personal journey of birth, self-discovery, confrontation, action, and re-birth.

MAGO blends traditional Korean arts and shamanism in a modern context. Through her intensive practice and application of ritual, Lee embodies content that is at once ancient and spiritual, and pushing the boundaries of modern performance. MAGO also references the current political/environmental crisis in Lee’s hometown of Jeju Island as a universal symbol of the trans-generational trauma that underlies our collective family and home history.

The piece also pays homage to the memory of ocean divers (Haenyo: “sea women”). The free-diving haenyo plunge to depths of twenty meters to harvest seafood and provide sustenance for their families. The tradition lives on today but is threatened by the construction of an U.S. naval base on sacred land. Ocean symbolism is threaded throughout the piece as the ocean is the dwelling place of Mago, and is omnipresent in the lives of the residents of Jeju Island, Korea.

2nd September 2014

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After performance, now is the time to develop and finalizing the project.

19th August 2014

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Ara Gut and “MAGO” Work in progress performance preparation. Making costumes, recording and composing the music, programing, shooting images and putting piece together, constructing, designing, hard labor work of body and brain and mind and beyond from early morning to late night.
That is how we preparing this project now… but from the heart, so deep that sometimes, I have to sit and just cry… sometimes, I never expect my volcanic emotions erupt incontinently.  Still lots to discover, study, remember and put it together…. as our journey.

However, We are still working and lots to work on it but we decide it would be great to share at this point and get some feedback and share their stories might be so great and rich… So here we are. August 30th 8pm at Eastside arts alliance.

Eastside arts alliance always present and supports the work. This year as well with this on going project. Our big supporter!!!!
And incredible artists (Adria Otte, Steven Sanchez, Jose Maria Francos, Donald Swearingen, David Szlasa, Frank Lee, Alenka Loesch, Pak Han and Musicians: Codie Otte, Elisa Gahng, Yeri Shon, Suki O’Kane, Jason Ditzian, Edward Shocker and Glass singers and more) who we work together on this journey. Thank you all and yes!!! Keep going with our journey broader and deeper…

18th August 2014

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Upcoming
Eastside Arts Alliance and Dohee Lee present,
ARA Gut - Ocean Ritual at East-Side cultural centerAugust 30th, 8pm with Korean percussionist: Adria Otte, Codie Otte, Dohee Lee, Elisa Gahng and Yeri Shon
MAGO work-in-progress
with Adria Otte, Steven Shanchez, Donlad Swearingen, David Szlasa, Jose Maria Francos, Korean percussionists and Dohee Lee
 work-in-progress preview of “MAGO” is dedicated to the Jeju island people who continue to struggle for justice and to keep their land, people, natural environment, and belief system.
www.doheelee.comwww.ybca.orgwww.eastsideartsalliance.org

Upcoming

Eastside Arts Alliance and Dohee Lee present,

ARA Gut - Ocean Ritual at East-Side cultural centerAugust 30th, 8pm with Korean percussionist: Adria Otte, Codie Otte, Dohee Lee, Elisa Gahng and Yeri Shon

MAGO work-in-progress

with Adria Otte, Steven Shanchez, Donlad Swearingen, David Szlasa, Jose Maria Francos, Korean percussionists and Dohee Lee

work-in-progress preview of “MAGO” is dedicated to the Jeju island people who continue to struggle for justice and to keep their land, people, natural environment, and belief system.

www.doheelee.comwww.ybca.org
www.eastsideartsalliance.org

16th August 2014

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Long time ago work on animation about a journey on Jeju Island

15th August 2014

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14th August 2014

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MAGO/ARA Gut is coming soon!
Aug 30, 8pm at Eastside cultural center
For ARA Gut and MAGO work-in-progress

Nov14-15,8pm at Yerba Buena center for the Arts.
“MAGO” World Premiere

So many amazing collaborators.
To be announced soon!

11th August 2014

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Preparation

11th August 2014

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Video shooting of crow with Steven Sanchez.

5th August 2014

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Shamanism with Artist Dohee Lee →