Myung Soo Kim was born in Seoul and studied with dance masters who were designated as “Human Cultural Assets” by the Korean government. She made her debut as a modern dancer in 1980, and first traveled to the United States in 1983 to study at the Martha Graham School. She made her New York City performing debut in 1994, presenting traditional works at Dance Theater Workshop. From a suite of six shamanist rituals, this was originally a court dance performed as a prayer for the prosperity of the kingdom. Though the costume is based on the Korean queen’s attire, the movement indicates the dance’s shamanic and folkloric origins.