Thanks to all who watched the live-stream of

Vibration Celebration

duo with Simon Rummel
Festival tanzNRW21

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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  • Vibration Celebration (with Simon Rummel) improvised solo dance, improvised live music
    work in progress
    Festival TanzNRW21, Wuppertal (May 2021)
    Stadtgarten, Köln


  • 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)