November 18, 2002
Two UCSC faculty members receive Fulbright Scholar
By Scott Rappaport
Two faculty members at UCSC have been honored with Fulbright Scholar
Awards for the 2002-03 academic year.
Kathy Foley, professor of theater arts, and Hi Kyung Kim, associate
professor of music, join approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals
who will travel abroad to 140 countries over the next year through the
Fulbright Scholarship Program.
The purpose of the program, established by the late Senator J. William
Fulbright of Arkansas, is to build mutual understanding between the
people of the United States and countries around the world. Fulbright
Scholars are chosen on the basis of academic or professional achievement
and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential
in their field. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of States
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Foley will travel to Indonesia this spring to gather information for
a book on the relationship between Indonesian puppet-style performance
and mask presentation, with special focus on Bali, Java, and Sunda.
Her research will include interviews with puppeteers, dancers, and scholars,
as well as written sources and observation of performance practice.
"Its like being a detective," Foley observed. "Its
going after the remaining evidence thats embedded in stories,
rituals, and initiation ceremonies in performance that make Indonesian
puppetry--philosophically and theatrically--a different art form than
that found in the West."
Foley has been a master of the rod puppet theater of West Java for
20 years. Her performances have been featured on Indonesian television,
and she has presented exhibitions of her work regularly at museums and
festivals throughout the country. An overview of her research will be
presented in a future issue of the Asian Theatre Journal, and
an exhibition of masks and puppets will open at UCSC in 2004 before
moving on to various museums around the United States.
As part of her Fulbright Scholarship grant, Hi Kyung Kim traveled to
Korea in October to teach two courses at the College of Music at Seoul
National University, conduct research on Korean vocal art songs, and
do fieldwork on the Shamanistic Funeral March.
She also presented a recital of her own music at the National Center
for the Korean Traditional Performing Arts, sponsored by Fulbright Korea
and Seoul National University. The program included the world premiere
of a work she composed shortly after she arrived in Korea--Trio SORI,
for Korean bamboo flute, clarinet, and cello.
Kim is additionally working on several composition projects in Korea,
including Isle of Eeo, a collaborative work with noted Korean
poet Ko Un, commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation at the Library
of Congress, for voice and chamber ensemble.
Before traveling to Korea, Kim completed a piece commissioned by Meet
the Composer, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota for
a special project Commemorating World War II, as well as a composition
written for the Alexander String Quartet. She also composed a work for
Korean traditional choreography, drumming, and chamber ensemble for
the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco, as well as a piece for percussion
duo for the New Music Ensemble at the San Francisco Conservatory of
Kims composition for solo flute was recently selected as best
written piece at the 2002 Australian Flute Festival in Melbourne.
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