Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater

The Moving Beauty Series proudly presents:

 Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater

Sunhwa Chung

Artistic Director. Choreographer.

Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater performs in The Series on Friday March 6th, 2015.

Sunwha Chung, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater presents ‘동행: Life is Every Day II’, a deeply personal piece which speaks about her life and experiences since coming to The United States. Starting with her arrival in the winter of 1994, the piece takes a look at the need to retain close ties to one’s roots while gaining the courage to explore new cultural ideas. These cultural ideas include taking a chance on developing a stronger sense of self provided by a fertile new environment, in this instance, The United States of America.

 ‘동행: Life is Every Day II’ highlights bits of Ms. Chung’s story as a visiting student who went through great personal and spiritual growth in a foreign land before coming full circle with a greater understanding of what it is to be herself and an acceptance that it is possible to not only be a Korean in America, but a Korean American.

This gripping dance theatre piece will speak directly to the heart of anyone who has ever dared to stake their claim on finding a new place to call home.

 


Sunhwa Chung

Sunhwa, a native of Korea, earned her M.A. in Dance from American University, Washington, D.C. in 1999. Before coming to America, she performed at the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Ms. Chung was awarded a scholarship for emerging choreographers from the Arts Club of Washington, D.C. in 1998 and was selected as one of the great choreographers for the 16th  Showcase by the Maryland Department of Parks and Recreation in 1999. She has performed traditional Korean and modern dance throughout Korea and Japan as well as at prestigious venues in the United States including: The Kennedy Center (DC), Lincoln Theater (DC), Dance Place (DC), Public Playhouse (UMBC Theater, Maryland), American University Experimental Theater (DC), Montgomery College Performing Arts Center (Maryland), Asian American Arts Center (Maryland), and the Korean Embassy (DC).

In 2001, Ms. Chung formed Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater in New York City. Ms. Chung has produced and directed several performances of Ko-Ryo Dance Theater at the Merce Cunningham Studio, the Flamboyan Theater, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, and Joyce SoHo in New York City. Her choreography has been presented at the Cool New York Dance Festival, La MaMa Moves Dance Blast, and several different venues in New York. Highlights for Ko-Ryo Dance Theater include: being invited to perform at the 75th  Anniversary Season of Jacob’s Pillow (June 2007); being invited by the Overseas Korean Foundation to perform at the ‘Korean Festival’ in Seoul, Incheon, Yongin and Kwangju, Korea (presented by Arirang Television in October 2008); a second invitation to perform at Jacob’s Pillow as a part of The Inside/Out Series (2009); being invited to premiere new works at Dance Place (DC) for their 2009/10 season, specifically for the celebration of Asian Heritage Month; being invited by Dance Place for the second time (May 2012); and celebrating Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theatre’s 10th Anniversary performance at Dance New Amsterdam as a part of its 2012 Artist Residency Program. Most recently, Ms. Chung participated in 67th Dance-Forms at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (August 5-9, 2014.) and presented her two signature solos at the National Theater of Varazdin, Croatia (November 2014). 

Alexandre Balmain

Alexandre is from France. He started dancing ballroom dance at the age of 6 and competed in numerous national/international competitions before deciding to switch his focus at the age of 20. Having gained his three year degree diploma in rights and economy, he started his professional training as a dancer in Marylin Jacquet’s school in Annecy, where he focused on ballet and jazz technique. During his period he also performed as a cabaret dancer with Le Parad’Ice. In 2010, he moved to Paris to study at Centre de Danse Rick Odums. While there he joined Ensemble Dance (a modern and jazz dance company) and the dance company, Sharing, with which he performed in Belarus (July 2012. In 2012, he came to New York to join the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance on scholarship. While at Graham, Alexandre was a member of Graham 2. He has performed works choreographed by Sasha Spielvogel, Cynthia Anne Stanbley, Kun-Yang Li, Darshan Singh Bhuller and Robert Cohan. In January of 2014 he joined Caliince Dance Company. Since September of 2014 he has been dancing with Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater, with performances in New York and Washington D.C.

Jonathan Breton

Jonathan is a multidisciplinary artist. He has trained professionally and performed in both ballet and musical theatre since the age of 16. He first started dancing with the Brigitte Wattellin Ballet School, the Conservatory of Angers, and later   the Conservatory of Bobigny before graduating from the Professional Superior Institute of Performing Arts of Paris with concentrations in dance, singing and acting. Jonathan obtained his EAT Classique (French national ballet technique examination) in 2012 and arrived in NYC the same year, to further develop his dance skills at the Alvin Ailey School and  The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance as an open student. His professional experience is as eclectic and rich as his training. Musical Theatre credits include: Cats, A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, Hairspray, Roméo et Juliette, and various original productions. Concert Dance includes: Jeune Ballet Classique Balbynien, Modern   Dance Ensemble, Transcendance Group, Zion Dance Company, and Alison Cook Beatty to name just a few. Jonathan has also danced in France and Europe for various projects (web-series, original series, advertisement.) Jonathan also served as choreographer and artistic director of his own company in France, the Compagnie de l’Etoile (ballet and performing arts dance   company) which he founded in 2009, as well as serving as guest choreographer for various musicals, theatre productions, and dance companies. He is now choreographing and performing for AZOTH Dance Theatre in New York and has presented his work at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Martha Graham Studios Theatre, Muse Brooklyn, Tada Theatre, among others.

 Kumiko Hara

Kumiko was born and raised in Japan. She is a dancer and certified instructor of GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS. In Japan she studied ballet, jazz, house, and contemporary. In 2009 she moved to New York City to continue studying ballet and contemporary as well as to complete her GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS teacher training. Since moving to NYC she has performed with numerous contemporary dance companies, most recently with Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater which she joined in 2014.

Tatiana Kaptan

Tatiana grew up dancing in Vermont. She earned her BA through Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Marymount Manhattan College (2013). She also trained at NYU Tisch and the Boston Conservatory and has learned numerous contemporary works by such noted choreographers as Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, and Wayne McGregor. Tatiana has performed with Albany-Berkshire Ballet (Flynn Theater, VT),   and at the Ailey Theater in Giada Ferrone’s ‘The Nutcracker; a contemporary ballet’. Tatiana recently performed at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.

Currently Tatiana dances for Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater in New York City, most recently at the DUMBO Dance Festival.

Marie Vestermark

Marie Vestermark has been performing with Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater  since 2012. Marie’s love of dance brought her from her home country, Sweden to New York City. In New York, she has explored various forms of dance and obtained a teaching certificate in Simonson technique. She has appeared in Jana Hicks’ and Marijke Eliasberg’s ‘The Next Stage Project’, in the High-High’s music video ‘Once Around the House’, and in ‘Human Glacier’ as part of an international art collaboration. She has danced extensively in Sweden with choreographers Maria Danell, Anna Lafvas (Framtidskompaniet), and has also appeared in Mikael Fall’s  musical ‘Harlem Riot’.

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