Sunday, April 12, 2009

'Flower Power' performance by Penelope Thompson, VIAF festival, 2009 Yeouido Cherry Blossom festival, Seoul

On April 10 and 11, 2009 I did a street performance entitled "Flower Power" as part of the VIAF festival in Seoul. This was the 'Various Integrative Artistic Festival' held in conjunction with the cherry blossom festival on the island of Yeouido in the Han River in Seoul.

The theme of the festival was "flowers bloom in the sky" referring to the multitudes of cherry blossom trees lining the streets, showering their petals down like pink snow in the breeze.

I chose to create a special new performance for this festival called "Flower Power", as I wanted to give a message to busy city people to slow down and enjoy the beauty of life.

I commenced the performance dressed in a black suit and briefcase, rushing along like a typical Seoulite. However, when I answered my cell phone on-the-run, a colorful paper flower popped out. And when I checked my watch a flower appeared with a message to "slow down!" . Even my glasses case and diary carried similar floral messages, and finally even my laptop computer opened to reveal an entire bouquet of spring flowers.

My wallet seemed to contain only some paper discs which then unfolded to become colorful blooms saying "show your colour" which I stuck on my suit. As I searched in my briefcase I discovered more and more of these paper discs, which I offered to the audience to unfold and read the various messages inside. People then attached these flowers to velcro on my suit and before long I was transformed into a walking floral arrangement, enjoying the spring day to the tune of "Feelin' Groovy".

More photos and video of performance coming soon!