Performance Art Workshop

ARU is presenting Connecting with Our Body as the Land of Memories. This program will be taught by Dohee Lee, ARU’s Art and Healing Director and Founding Director of PURI Arts.

This program is a 3 month practice (March. 2021-June 2021). Participants will virtually meet with Dohee Lee every other Sunday from 9am-1pm (PST). Each session with Dohee will focus on different parts of our body and our connection and interpretation to them. This program offers a supplemental support group for the participants on some alternate Sundays (1.5 hours) where we will discuss our experience, support each other, learn about our own history and our connection to our ancestors and stories. We will also have guest teachers on some weeks like Manose Singh to teach us about Nepali folk music and storytelling. Committed participants will have the opportunity to continue this phase one: Connecting with Our Body as the Land of Memories to phase two: Mero Yatra, Mero Geet (My Journey, My Song) which will be performed in 2022 at a theater in San Francisco Bay Area.

“Deepening ROOTs PRACTICE TRAINING PROGRAM- The creative life art process in healing”

This workshop will be integrated with personal, social, environmental, historical and ancestral relations with natural elements, wisdoms from Dohee Lee’s professional artistic and healing practice. Her work is deeply influenced by her cultural background based on East Asian philosophy, ancestral knowledge, Korean traditional arts with new art forms and rituals in resistance. This art practice can be integrated to respond and raise an awareness with personal and collective emotions and feelings on social issues such as colonialism, racism, patriarchy, white supremacy culture, environmental & land justice, historical & spiritual matters and co-creating ritual with creative art processes.


- Through reconnecting and remembering, we will share our own story as storytelling

- From this individual and collective connect, we heal, restore and recreate relationship/kinship with nature and humanity

- Envisioning, dreaming for shared future

- Exploring, experimenting shared expression

- Co-create performance ritual process

- Ritual/ presentation of expression of shared future


- SingingBody integral process (created by Dohee Lee)

- Body Part Mapping, The psychokinetic imagery process (credit: Tamalpa Institute)

- Somatic movement exploration

- Environment work

- Community building- Ritual practice and art making in social justice

Dohee Lee (She/her) Artistic Director/performer/ritualist/educator RSME

Born on Jeju Island in South Korea. She learned Korean dance, Korean percussion, and vocals rooted in Korean indigenous practice such Shamanism. Her art now focuses on integrating these traditional ritual forms with contemporary elements. Her recent awards, Guggenheim Fellowship, Hewlett Foundation, Doris Duke Impact Award, Creative Capital and Herb Alpert Award. Her works emphasize the mythical, experimental, ritualistic, theatrical, historical and healing aspects of music, dance and installation, sharing thoughts and ideas on vital issues such identity, politics, nature and spirituality. She passionately believes by practicing and performing art we can commune and heal with people and spirits to express and share our thoughts and ideas on vital issues such as identity, politics, land, nature and spirituality.

Pulling from Dohee’s practice in Korean indigenous practice and ritual performance, this program focuses on techniques to connect voice, body and spirit. This program expands participants' vocabularies with feelings, energies, memories and stories from Current to the past ancestry time to merge together and create a new art practice to build community.