Eugenia Kim is a PhD student, originally from the USA, who’s been living in Hong Kong and studying at City University since 2015. She creates dance narratives for virtual reality environments inspired by her own experiences of having adolescent bipolar disorder. Her hope is that it helps viewers understand on a physical level what it’s like having bipolar disorder and encourages families to support young people in getting treatment. She has been making dances about having bipolar disorder since 2005 as a coping tool and for her own enjoyment. She’s also been delving into dance cinema with a focus on using movement to express mental health-related narratives.
Her research and dances are aimed at helping others like her who prefer the digital realm, or have a hard time going outside, or expressing themselves through words, and for the families and friends of bipolar patients, like her parents, who might be worried about being publicly seen attending any activity or event related to mental health.
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