Address: 423 W. 46th Street Theatre at Saint Clement’s, West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036, United States
When: July 31st~ August 10, 2015
The revised performance of ‘My name is Kim Bok-soon’, the dance performance received great reception among critiques and general audience. With the Korean traditional song, ‘Arirang’, as a background music, the performance narrated the life of a comfort woman before she was abducted and after her soul got damaged. The performance ends up with a hope.
Main choreographer: Jung-hoon Ahn
Hyung-sup Kim, Myung-hoon Chung, Hye-yeon Han, Sun-hee Cho, Ka-ram Yo, Hyun-suk Lee, Hyun-kon Cheon,
Byoung-hee Choi, Hyun-sang Yoo, Myoung-seong Kwon, Ye-rin Lee, Da-hye Yoo, Joo-ae Lee, Ji-yoon Chung,
Su-jeong Hwang, Sol Han, Jung-in Hong, Ji-hyun Ha, Ha-rang Choi
Performed at the National Theater of Seoul, S.Korea
Cat J. Lane performed a theatrical poem from the play “Comfort” at the “Comfort Women” monument dedication ceremony in Union City on Monday..
Accompanied by 12-year-old Subin Lee on the harp, the poem brought tears to several eyes in the audience, in which two survivors of the time period were present.
The play aims to raise awareness of abused of women around the world and is playing at the Jewel Box Theatre in New York City and the Lincoln Center. During World War II, thousands of women were taken from Korea and forced into sex slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army.
Some historians estimate that as many as 200,000 women, many from China and South Korea, but also including Indonesia, were forced into sexual slavery in the Imperial Japanese Army’s brothels during World War Two. Over 60 years later, these women who have endured an unimaginable horror are still looking for closure.
It has been 69 years ago, but for Ichi the scars are still fresh.
“I was so scared. I remembered crying every night. I just wanted to die. I felt so helpless,” said Ichi, an Ianfu survivor.
Ichi is one of thousands of women in Indonesia that were taken from their homes and were forced into the Japanese Military’s sex slave system during world war 2 or “ianfu” that literally translates into “comfort women”.
“I was kept in a small shed in the back with other women, the soldier would come and threw me onto the bed. He stripped me and i would scream. He’d hit me. There was nothing i can do. Everyone else just stood there.” Ichi said.
She was 15 at the time. The rape continues until the Japanese finally left Indonesia in 1945. She became barren ever since. Now blind, she lives in this remote village with her adopted daughter.
This was the place where the Japanese soldiers used to keep the ianfus, in this small building here they house around 30 to 40 women from the area like herds. And when the Japanese came by the truckloads, they came in and brutally raped these women.