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I See You

a VR dance experience

by In-Jung Jun / blue elephant dance in collaboration with Olaf Hirschberg / headtrip immersive media


currently shown at Moovy Festival Cologne, Germany from March 21-24, 2024
Location: Tanzfaktur


previously shown at Festival Temps d'Images, Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf

more info here

Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR, aid program tanz:digital by the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland"


In-Jung Jun

Choreographer, dancer & performer

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founder and artistic director of Blue Elephant Dance company (2002)

Blue Elephant Dance productions have received support by

  • Ministry of Culture of the German federal state of NRW
  • Kunststiftung NRW (Art Foundation NRW)
  • Kulturamt der Stadt Düsseldorf
  • Fonds Darstellende Künste
  • Culture Foundation of the Republik of Korea
  • Stiftung van Meeteren
  • and other institutions


As a dancer in Germany, In-Jung has also worked with

  • Rodolpho Leoni Dance
  • Vera Sander Art Connects


Before coming to Germany, In-Jung was a full-time member of

  • Jean-Claude Gallotta's company at Shizuoka Performing Arts Center in Japan

Awards

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For her work, In-Jung has received several awards

  • Audience Award at "Germany's Best Dance Solo", Leipzig, and 2nd prize in the competition (2011)
  • Award of the Prime Minister of the Republik of Korea (2007)
  • Award for choreography and dance (Förderpreis) of the city of Düsseldorf (2006)
  • Award for young artists by the federal state of NRW (2005)
  • Ballettanz magazine critics' poll: "young choreographer to watch" (2005 & 2003)
  • Scholarship American Dance Festival, Durham, USA (1995)

Education

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  • Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul: modern dance, ballet, Korean traditional dance (B.A. 1996)
  • American Dance Festival (ADF), Durham, USA (1995)
  • Sunhwa High School of the Arts, Seoul (grad. 1991)

Creations & Research

Creations

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  • 9 mountains, 9 rivers
    choreography for theater piece
    Director: Lee Sang-u
    Gangjin Art Center, Korea National University of the Arts (2017)


  • Hwa-Eom Spiritual Music Ritual
    opening performance of the music festival (choreography and dance)
    music by Won Il
    Hwa Eom Temple, South Korea (2016)


  • Ai-inga I-inga
    performance at Yisang's House, Seoul, as part of the festivities to mark the anniversary of the poet's death (2016)


  • Improvised performance at Seoul Improvisation Festival (2016)


  • Singing of a Human Machine
    choreography and dance
    Big Red Space, Seoul


  • Gateless Gate
    solo with live percussion by Simon Barker (AU)
    blue elephant production, co-produced by and premiered at LIG Arts Center, Seoul and Busan (2013)


  • A Call of Chal-a
    choreography and dance as part of an installation by
    Yun Dong-Gu (metal installation artist)
    Seoul (2012)


  • Bara
    prize-winning solo for "Germany's best dance solo" competition at Euro Scene Festival, Leipzig (2011)


  • Choreography for the theater piece "The Farting Lady"
    directed by Peter Willson (UK) and Lee Jung-Un (ROK)
    Sadari Theater fot Children, Seoul (2011)


  • < one, - >
    dance piece for 3 dancers and 4 musicians
    choreography and dance
    blue elephant production, co-produced by and premiered at Jang Festival, Seoul (2010)


  • Survival Strategies
    dance piece for 7 dancers and 2 musicians
    choreography and dance
    blue elephant production, co-produced by and premiered at Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf (2009)


  • Soloparty
    dance piece for 1 dancer and 1 musician (Simon Rummel)
    choreography and dance
    blue elephant production, co-produced by and premiered at Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf (2008)


  • choreography for
    Great Journey of Princess Bari
    Director: Yun Dong-Gu (installation artist)
    Music: Won Il
    Culture History Seoul 284, Seoul


  • GIFT
    blue elephant production with 5 performers
    choreography and dance
    co-produced by and premiered at
    Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf (2007)


  • Story of B. / Tang!
    2 dance pieces for 2 dancers
    choreography and dance
    blue elephant production, co-produced by and premiered at Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf (2006)


  • Golden Helmet
    dance piece for 5 dancers and 3 musicians
    choreography and dance
    blue elephant production, co-produced by and premiered at Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf (2005)


  • you & me
    dance piece for 2 dancers
    choreography
    created for and premiered at Busan Summer Festival
    Busan (2004)


  • This or That
    blue elephant production with 2 dancers
    choreography and dance
    co-produced by and premiered at
    Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf (2003)


  • Boxring
    blue elephant production with 2 dancers
    choreography and dance
    co-produced by and premiered at
    Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf (2003)


  • Sometimes it feels expensive, sometimes it feels cheap
    choreography and dance
    solo performed at pact Zollverein, Essen (2003)


  • O2 - hole, 2 meters deep
    blue elephant production with 4 dancers
    choreography and dance
    co-produced by Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf and
    pact Zollverein, Essen
    premiered at pact Zollverein, Essen (2002)

  • Wound Clockwork
    Solo
    choreography and dance
    co-produced by and premiered at
    Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany (2001)

  • Swell 6 Frames
    creation for 3 dancers
    choreography and dance
    premiered at the 7th International Minjockchoom Dance Festival, Seoul, South Korea (2000)

  • Chewing
    solo
    choreography and dance
    created for and premiered at Shizuoka Performance Art Center (SPAC), Shizuoka, Japan (1999)

  • Sugar + Sugar = Dangerous Relationship
    creation for 2 dancers
    choreography and dance
    Seoul, South Korea & Bangkok, Thailand (1997)

  • Variety of Spaces
    creation for 3 dancers
    choreography and dance
    performed in various museums, galleries, bars and streets in Seoul, South Korea (1996-97) 


Work for other choreographers

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  • Vera Sander, Cologne, Germany
    States of Transition (2001) - dancer
    Trespassing (2004) - choregraphic assistant

  • Rodolpho Leoni, Wuppertal, Germany
    The Thread (2001) - choreographic assistant
    Sarara Tangled (2000) - dancer

  • Jean-Claude Gallotta, Shizuoka, Japan / Grenoble, France
    ensemble member (dancer) at Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (1998-1999)

    La Chamoule (1999)

    Ulysses (1999)

    Yume Manatsu no Michino (1998)

    Premonition (1998)

    Mammane (1998)

  • Kim Hyun-ok (KOR) and Paco Decina (IT)
    Sinawui 2000 (Seoul 1996) - dancer

  • John Mead (USA)
    Phoenix (Seoul 1996) - dancer

  • Ofra Levy (ISR)
    Winter (1995, ADF, Durham USA) - dancer

Research, Teaching, Video & Film

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RESEARCH and LABS


  • Body Mind Centering (BMC)
    participant in the Somatic Movement Education Program (2019 - present)
    Workshops with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (2016 in Jeju, Korea, 2021 online)

  • Ttang-tta-mok-gi
    Initiator and Art director of German-Korean choreography research and residency project in Gyeongi-do, South Korea (2007)

  • Colina - the European exchange project for Collaboration in the Arts
    participation as artist
    director: Rui Horta
    Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf (2005)

  • Mark Tompkins
    participation in improvisation workshop at Vienna Tanzwochen (2004)

  • dance link UK@NRW with Wendy Houstoun
    participation as choreographer
    Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf (2003)

  • dance link NL@NRW
    European exchange laboratory with Vera Sander and Bruno Listopad
    participation as dancer
    Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf (2001)

  • Josef Nadj
    participation in pro-series workshop at Vienna Tanzwochen (2000)

TEACHING


  • Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf
    various classes for professional dancers (2020, 2003-2010)

  • Adjunct Professor of Contemporary Dance at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul (full academic year 2018)

  • teaching at Gangjin Art Center & Korea National University of the Arts, Seoul (2017)

  • teaching summer and winter classes at various universities in Korea (Sungkyunkwan, Hansung, Dungguk, Korea National Unversity of the Arts, Kookmin, Chung Ang, Wongkwang, Korea National Sports University, Hanyang - 1998-2016)

  • Korea Performance Art Center HANPAC, Seoul
    Let's Go Back to Body Basics
    director, teacher, choreographer of a 2 months workshop for non-professional participants (2013)

  • Cologne University for Music and Dance (HFMT), Cologne, Germany
    Raw, medium, well done? - teaching and choreography for graduating students (2010)

  • Theater Maqamat, Beirut, Lebanon
    teaching as guest artist (2009)

  • Miteinander reden
    teaching body work during a music and dance project for high school students, Bergheim, Germay

  • Carte Blanche Company, Bergen, Norway
    teaching as guest artist (2008)

  • Cologne University for Music and Dance (HFMT), Cologne, Germany
    I am here - teaching and choreography for graduating students (2007)

  • Galili Dance Company, Netherlands
    teaching as guest artist (2005)

VIDEO & Film (excerpts)

  • music video "force eject v2" (choreography and performance)
    music: Wallfacer
    (2019)

  • Video installation for projection at the facade of Hana Bank Seoul (choreography and performance)
    director: Oh Mooyoung
    (2018)


  • music video "Aus meinem Kopf" (performance)
    music: Erdmöbel
    director: Sandeep Mehta
    (2007)

  • Tang! - choreography and dance in collaboration with film director Marcel Ahrenholz
    Festival Temps d'Images, Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf (2005)

  • dance film "Meditations on 3 elements (performance)
    director: Frank N. for Arte TV (France / Germany, 2004)

  • music video: "It never was you" (choreography and dance)
    music: Thomas Brinkmann
    director: Sandeep Mehta
    1st price for best music video at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany (2004) 


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