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JAE MAN JOO

CHOREOGRAPHER - EDUCATOR  - PHOTOGRAPHER - VISUAL ART DESIGNER

 

BIOGRAPHY

Jae Man Joo is an internationally acclaimed choreographer and the recipient of the prestigious 2009 Princess Grace Choreographer Award. 

Hailing from Korea, he brought his unique artistic vision to the US in 1996, where he served as the Associate Artistic Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.  As a former Principal dancer at Ballet Hispanico & Complexions, Jae Man Joo has worked and performed with a diverse range of choreographers, including William Forsythe, Dwight Rhoden, Shen Wei, Igal Perry, and Jessica Lang, enriching his artistic journey.  Jae Man Joo was invited to create a new work for Jacob's Pillow in 2017 and 2019.  He Received The Best Individual Artist Award From The Bagnolet International Dance Festival In Paris, France. 

Joo's artistic prowess has been recognized globally, with the 2021 & 2023 Korea Dance Critics Choice Award and the 2022 prestigious Korea E-daily CULTURAL GRAND PRIZE for his Full-length evening ballet "VITA ." 

These accolades are a testament to his profound influence on the dance world. He has created more than seven different ballets for Complexions, all of which premiered at the NY Joyce Theater. 

In 2023, he premiered the Full-Evening work ballet "DIVINE" for Gwangju City Ballet, Korea, and this work received the Best Dance Art Work of the Year 2023. in 2024 April He premiered a New Full-Act Ballet for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater at the Benedum Theater. In addition music scores performed by PBT live orchestra. He is currently an Assistant Ballet Professor at Point Park University. Also, Resident Choreographer, Ballet Master, and Artist in Residence in Complexions Contemporary Ballet.  in May 2024 Joo created new full act work for Dallas Black Theater for their May/ Spring Season. He is currently directing /creating ballet,  his rendition of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."  for The Newly founded Korea Metropolitan Ballet company.  company's first complete evening ballet will premiere in the summer of 2024. This Spring  Jae Man Joo starts choreographing a work for the American Ballet Theater/Joyce Theater  "Unite" Series, 

Working with ABT's Principal dancers Calvin Royal III and Herman Cornejo. It's set to be performed in August at the Joyce Theater in NYC.

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Photo: Christopher Duggan Courtesy By Jacob's Pillow

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