JAE MAN JOO
CHOREOGRAPHER - EDUCATOR - PHOTOGRAPHER - VISUAL ART DESIGNER
He was born And raised In Kwang-Ju, Korea where he trained Classical Ballet, Modern, Korean traditional Dances. He Graduated from Dankook University in Seoul, Korea. In 1996, He Received The Best Individual Artist Award From The Bagnolet International Dance Festival In Paris, France. After moving to New York City he started working with Contemporary Ballet companies. He Was A Principal Dancer At Ballet Hispanico and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Also has Worked With Shen Wei, Zvi Gotheiner, Igal Perry, Jessica Lang. In 2009 he received The Princess Grace Award For excellence In choreography.
For the past 20 years, He Worked With Complexions Contemporary Ballet Served as Associate Artistic Director (2011-2018), Ballet Master & Artist in Residence (2007-Present), a Resident Choreographer(2008-Present). He created many ballets for Complexions and All works premiered at one and only The Joyce Theater, New York City. “Tears” (Rachmaninoff) in 2007, “Surface” (Debussy) in 2008, “Atmosphere”(Bach) in 2009, ”Flight" (Bach) in 2012 , ”Recur"(Richter,Silverstrov) in 2013. “Goodnight” (Arvo Pärt) in 2017. In 2016 he created a New Work “Circular” (Denisov, Handel) for Ailey II - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In 2017 Jae Man Joo was invited to create a New work for Jacob's Pillow 85th Anniversary season and his new work "Canvas” which world premiered at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out stage. In 2018 He Created a Brand new work "Intermezzo" for Wise Ballet Theater and premiered in Seoul, Korea. in 2019 for the second time Jacob's Pillow invited him to create a new work for the Contemporary Program. The title "Dive & Unfold " premiered at the prestigious Pillow Inside/Out stage.
Recently he created a full-length Evening Ballet "Vita" (music of Antonio Vivaldi) a second ballet creation for Wise Ballet Theater Korea (Oct 2021). "Vita" received a 2021 Korea Dance Critics Choice Award and the year 2022 History has been made. Dance Art never won in Korea Art Culture award from 6 different Art categories and Joo's ballet “Vita” Received the prestigious Korea Edaily CULTURAL GRAND PRIZE.
Recently he premiered a new ballet "Serenity" which is the 7th creation for Complexions opened at the Joyce Theater.
He is currently creating his new Ballet for Pittsburgh Ballet Theater 2024 Season. Joo is a Resident Choreographer and Ballet Master at Complexions and a Full-Time Ballet Faculty at Point Park University /Conservatory of Performing Arts.
Photo: Christopher Duggan Courtesy By Jacob's Pillow