Sunday, 2 December 2018

Inkyoung Lee

This video is quite well known. As a dual role dancer, I'd like to point out that what Ricardo Viquiera is doing here is not very difficult. I'd back myself and many of my friends to do it with the right follower. But don't even think about trying it with a follower whose axis, embrace, connection, communication, mobility, musicality and steering are not close enough to perfect.

I would like to spell out and salute the physical courage and the excellent dancing of this young Korean woman in 8 or 9cm heels, on a shiny table that shifts with their movement, who the videographer credits only by her nickname, "Fish".

Although I understand that in Korea this is a usual way of referring to professional dancers, I think that for a worldwide audience she should be credited by her name, Inkyoung Lee. Her performance here is far more impressive than her partner's. She is certainly young, tough, strong and agile, but saving yourself from a fall wearing those is hard, and she is at much greater risk of professionally-disabling injury than he is. And as far as this performance is concerned, Inkyoung Lee deserves a lot more than half of any international fame and prestige it generates, because that is her contribution to its quality.

Many thanks to Susan Ang and Silvia Fracchia for telling me her name.


Unknown said...

And thank you for telling us her name.

Culturally we are so very well schooled to appreciate what men do, and to ignore the skills associated with women, unless men are doing them. It is rare to hear, 'just lead' while 'just follow' is in common usage. No one is individually to blame, but, with awareness, perhaps we could all make it a bit better. Although, many will think I am oversensitive.

I wonder if you have noticed, when watching any video of tango, when you hear applause it will almost always be for something the man/leader has done; once I started noticing this, it became quite shocking how absent any spontaneous appreciation for the amazing dancing done by female-identified followers. I am sure audience members are unaware of how they are much more likely to show appreciation to people who are male-identified, or to whoever is in the role that is usually male-identified. Additionally, as in the above video, it tends not to reflect the difficulty and skill-level required. Of course, there are exceptions, but they are exceptions.

msHedgehog said...

Mentioning that the skills and effort of women's work are not taken seriously by society is just a statement of a routine, obvious, very well studied, economically and politically significant fact about human social interactions.