The final image is - like the last piece of a jigsaw - the key to the thought processes that lie behind this fascinating, complex work from Korean company YMAP (Your Media Arts Project). On-screen, we see a woman in a gallery, looking at pictures that are, in fact, frames from the film and video that have regularly flooded every on-stage surface during Madame Freedom. The woman herself is on-stage, and her presence reinforces the sense that boundaries have constantly been blurred between past and present, the virtual and the real, in pursuit of understanding what "freedom" amounts to, and how that concept extends to women in Korea's fast-changing society.
The delivery of the interlocking themes rests mostly on the body of one woman: dancer/choreographer and director Hyo Jin Kim. Her wonderfully pliant, elegant limbs are the flesh-and-blood link between the traditional dance that initiates her journey and the freer forms - including sinuous tangos, with a male partner, Heung Nam Kim.
But, and this is echoed in the graphic design by art director Hyung Su Kim, are the social structures that box us in always so stifling? Or can they offer a haven when (as here) the floor keeps shifting under your feet? Complex indeed, and on so many levels, both technically and philosophically. But Madam Freedom is also superbly dynamic in the way it puts a 21st century woman in the context of her country's past.