lightness has a call that’s hard to hear. (2022)

Originally co-presented by Art Gym Denver & square product theatre

Choreography, Text, & Performance: Elle Hong
Stage Manager/LBO: Rosie Glasscock
Lighting Design: Nick Cozzo
Dramaturgy: LA Samuelson

Premiered at Art Gym Denver (Denver, CO), April 2022.
The original creation of lightness has a call that’s hard to hear. was supported through an Art Gym Create Award Residency, with additional production and performance support from square product theatre and Nick Cozzo | Lighting Design. | This work is adaptable for half-evening length (approx. 30-40 minutes) and abridged (approx. 8-15 minutes) performances. Video examples available upon request: ellehong[dot]art[at]gmail[dot]com.


lightness has a call that’s hard to hear. conjures the psyche as physical space. The performer improvises like free association; they witness, become, and confront their own shadow; they project—and are projected onto—via voice and multimedia. How do our external interactions and orientations go on to shape our internal (self-)perceptions and vice versa? How can we utilize the performance space as an ephemeral site for externalizing desires for transformation? Throughout the performance, the artist continually sets forth intentions for embodying lightness while demonstrating the certain impossibilities of disentangling lightness from darkness and/or heaviness.

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Broadway World: “LIGHTNESS HAS A CALL THAT’S HARD TO HEAR Comes to square product theatre,” by Stephi Wild (Mar. 2022)