S(e)oul Down: four generations, five choreographers
Curated by Sin Ae Park
presented by 92Y Harkness Dance Center
Saturday, Oct 27, 2018, 8pm
Sunday, Oct 28, 2018, 3pm
Buttenwieser Hall at 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128
Tickets: from $25
Four generations of outstanding Korean choreographers share their distinctive, and in turn, poetic, earnest, sly, and vivifying personal visions.
For more information, please visit www.92y.org/event/dig-dance-seoul-down.
Jaehee Choi, Jaewoo Jung, Won Kim, Eunhye Ku and Ji-Hee Lee
Jaehee Choi is the Artistic Director of Jaehee Choi's Performing Art Group. She is a lecturer at Chonbuk National University, College of the Arts, in the Department of Dance, where she received her BA, MA and PhD in Physical Education. As a representative of the College Dance Project from 2002 to 2012, Choi presented many choreographies and received numerous awards including first prize for Get Crossing in the Seoul Dance Festival (2006) and the best choreographer award by the Korean Dance Society (2016).
Jaewoo Jung is known for his refined choreography that features youthfully vigorous, powerful, and energetic movements. This choreography has been presented in many festivals and productions including the 2017 Seoul International Choreography Festival (SCF), Uninhabited Island, the 2016 36th International Modern Dance Festival (MODAFE) Spark Place, A Desert Island, the 10th Seoul Dance Collection Connection 2016, Agit, the 18th Saeng-Saeng Dance Festival 2016, Fantasy, and more. Jung also dances with the internationally renowned Bereishit Dance Company based in Seoul, Korea.
Won Kim deeply explores movement in search of the “free and pure” beyond formalized and predetermined choreography into the realm of the experimental. Kim studied dance at Ewha Womans University, Korea, and was professor of dance at Chonbuk National University from 1991-2016, and was the Artistic Director of WonKim/Group Collaboration for 15 years. She has taught at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the University of Paris VIII (France), Kinki University (Japan), Dancebox (Kobe, Japan), Kyoto Arts Center (Kyoto, Japan), Jin Xing Dance Theater (Shanghai, China), Studio Harmonic (Paris, France) and has performed at various national and international dance festivals. She is the recipient of the Presidential Award from The Dance Competition for Universities (1984), New Dance Award from the Korea Modern Dance Association (1985), Best Choreographer’s Award from the Korea Dance Association (1993), Best Artist Award from the Modern Dance Promotion Korea (2004) , Isadora Award from the Korea Contemporary Dance Museum (2005), Copanas Award from the Korea Modern Dance Association (2014), International Cultural Exchange Award from the Korea Arts Council (1994), The Year’s Five Best Solos & Duets from the Korea Dance Association (2015). Currently, she is a member of the board of directors of the Contemporary Dance Association of Korea and the Modern Dance Promotion of Korea.
Eunhye Ku studied modern dance, contemporary dance, improvisation, contact-improvisation and choreography with Jeong-ho Nam, Samjin Kim, SungsooAhn, Jesus Hidalgo, Emmanuel Grivet, Claire Filmon, Yann L'heureux and Seunghee Yang. She has worked with numerous choreographers and dance companies including with Project, Dance Traveler, Joseph Kim, Jeong-ho Nam, Yann L'heureux, AlleRetour Dance Company, Jesus Hidalgo, David Brandstaetter, among others.
Ji-Hee Lee’s dance company, Move Pocket Project, acclaimed by Korean dance critics for its intriguing symbolism and theatrical images, has received several prestigious choreographic and best production awards. Lee explores the tension between traditional and contemporary Korean society and is one of the best examples of how traditional concepts and themes can be modernized through contemporary dance.