Workshop Details Repertory, Partnering & Audition with Young Soon Kim & WHITE WAVE Dance
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Repertory, Partnering & Audition with Young Soon Kim & WHITE WAVE Dance Repertory, Partnering & Audition with Young Soon Kim & WHITE WAVE Dance
Young Soon Kim Aug 22, 2017 - Aug 26, 2017; Tue, Thu, Sat

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Class Description

This workshop produces very physical, virtuosic movement, challenging the dancer to push for new ideas in both their mental and physical approaches in a very contemporary style.

The class begins with learning phrases and partnering work from the company’s repertory, which has been described as exhilarating, visually stunning and emotionally rich, coupled with improvisational and awareness propositions that aim to awaken the senses and their direct relationship with the moving body.

Repertory: Artistic Director Young Soon Kim will conduct the repertory class with her new piece “iyouuswe” (I-You-Us-We), which premiere at the 2017 La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival in May, 2017. Through the phrases from this piece, the exploration of the fundamentals of great performing, including: clear and thoughtful intent, nuanced phrasing, sensitivity to self and other, and moment-to-moment decisions that shape meaning in the viewer’s eye.

“iyouuswe” was born from an exciting collaboration between WHITE WAVE’s artistic director, Young Soon Kim, and our nine dazzling dancers over the past 12 months. The provocative scored to original music by longtime collaborator Ki Young, a “borderless musician.” It is an uninterrupted 65-minute journey that challenges us to examine who we are, how we relate to ourselves, and to each other. It's a story of developing relationships by which we struggle to find a sense of ‘i’ as part of a ‘we.’ Partnering: Participants begin by learning a short excerpt from “iyouuswe” duets to work to explore improvisation, imagery and investigation of the dancers’ own natural way of moving together. The movement invention will build up to daring and intricate partnering work.


A pioneer of “Hallyu: Korean Wave”, Young Soon Kim, an internationally acclaimed choreographer whose work has been hailed for its exhilarating, visually stunning, and emotionally rich phrases and textures, presents Eternal NOW. Formed in 1988, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company (New York) strives to inspire audiences through multi- dimensional dance productions reflecting themes and philosophies both modern and timeless. For nearly three decades, Ms. Kim and WHITE WAVE have appeared globally on principal stages including Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Joyce Theater, Kennedy Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, National Theater of Seoul (Korea), National Theater of Taipei (Taiwan), Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, as well as Theatre de la Ville in Paris, Maison de la Culture in Le Havre, France; Teatro Nazionale in Milan, Teatro Tendu Striscie in Rome, Italy; Schauspielhaus in Cologne, Germany; as well as the Festival d’Avignon in Avignon, France, among others. In 2003 Ms. Kim was featured in the documentary film Arirang: The Korean American Journey, which was premiered at the Smithsonian Institute and broadcasted nationwide by PBS. In 2013 and 2014, Ms. Kim was nominated twice for the Annual KBS Global Korean Award.

In addition, Ms. Kim has been one of the most recognized producers/curators in New York City through WHITE WAVE’s three Annual Dance Festivals: DUMBO Dance Festival, Wave Rising Series and CoolNY Dance Festival. Kim also served as a juror for New York City Department of City Affairs in 2006 and for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2014. Currently, Mr. Kim serves as a member of The Bessie Presenter League for the past three years.

Over the years, WHITE WAVE DANCE’s wide press coverage, both here and abroad, has included features for WWOR-TV Channel 9’s 10 o’clock News and Fox 5 TV’s Good Day New York, PBS Channel 13’s NYC-ARTS. During its 60-day tour of the Far East in 1996, Ms. Kim was interviewed by CNN’s Inside Asia, which aired internationally. In 2012, WHITE WAVE’s 16-member ensemble toured Korea performing “Here Now So Long” and “SSOOT,” featuring live music and video art, in Seoul, Gwangju, and Sungnam. KBS-TV captured our performance, airing in August 2012, in Korea's version of PBS “Great Performances.”

After launching the 2018 season at the Vancouver International Dance Festival, the full-scale production of “iyouuswe” will tour East Asia, including a 3-city circuit in Korea.

For more information about WHITE WAVE Dance, please visit


Following the Workshop, WHITE WAVE DANCE will conduct an open audition for male and female dancers on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017.

Contracts begin immediately. Dancers must be available for March 12th-18th, 2018 Vancouver International Dance Festival, along with other performances to be determined. Rehearsals are paid hourly rate, and performances are paid per performance.

Audition Date: Tuesday, August 29, from 6 – 9pm at the Gelsey Kirkland ArtsCenter on 29 Jay Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY 11201. (F to York St., A/C to High St.).

The audition is OPEN, however you MUST RSVP by sending a resume and headshot and Dance photo to by August 18th.

A Non-Refundable Audition Fee of $20 is due on the day of the audition (FREE if participating in full workshop).

Drop-Ins will be permitted into the audition based on availability. Pre- Registration is highly encouraged.

Workshop Fees
Single Cass: $20.00
Discounted Full 3-Day Workshop: $50.00


La MaMA presents "iyouuswe" by WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company from Young Soon Kim on Vimeo.

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