The Return  is a telematic puppetry performance developed and performed over distance by SeoulArts and Sarah Lawrence students. Conceived of by master designer and puppeteer Tom Lee (War Horse on Broadway and Madam Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera), the piece was inspired by the work of Stanislaw Lem (Solaris), and synthesized traditional puppet forms, live video, and telepresence technology to create an evocative, poignant meditation surrounding the positive and negative repercussions of our accelerating development. The piece had live, in-studio audiences in New York and Ansan (Korea), and was livestreamed on


Concept, Design, Direction (New York) - Tom Lee
Direction (Seoul) - Eunjee Lee
Assistant Director - Josh Rice
Video System and Telepresence Design - S.O. O'brien
Design Assistant - Lake Simon
Lighting Design - Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Original Music - John Dyer

SeoulArts Technical Team - Kim Ho Dong, Ok Do Il, Pyo Chang Woo, Lee Jae Hyun, Soon Yoo Yeon, Kim Ji Yae, Im Eun Joo, Song Yoon Kyu, Lee Sang Eun, Oh Myung Seok, Oh Myung Seok, Kim Jong Hoon, Choi Ji Young, Shin Soo Jung, Chung Yong Hee, Na Han Su, Yoon Jung Ju

SeoulArts Administrative Team - Yoo Tay, Oh Jun, Jung Hyo Jin, Lee Sang Woo

New York Technical Team - Billy Clark, Jose Estrella

Performers -  Toby Lurio, Linh (Valerie) Pham, Hye Young Chyun, Kate Pincus-Whitney, Leah Ogawa, Brad Crownover, Storm Thomas, Maisie Wetton, Niva Alush, Juyoung Lee, Kim Sang Min, Kim Hae Jun, Kim Yae Won, Jung Hee Jin, Yoo Myung Jin, Lee Yae Chan, Lee Myung Gyu, An Young Sae, Jo Baek Han, Han Chul Soo, Lee Seung Hyun, Lee Eun Ji, Kwon Ha Jin, Kim Yoo Jin, Kim Jae Hyuck, Lee Poo Reum, Lee Han He

Partners - Seoul Institute of the Arts (Korea) & Sarah Lawrence College (USA)

The Return

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