JAE MAN JOO

CHOREOGRAPHER - EDUCATOR  - PHOTOGRAPHER - VISUAL ART DESIGNER

 

BIOGRAPHY

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"  a second ballet creation for Wise Ballet Theater Korea (Oct 2021). "Vita" received a  2021 Korea Dance Critics Choice Award.   In 2022 Joo was Appointed to a Full-Time Ballet Faculty at Point Park University /Conservatory of Performing Arts starting in the fall of 2022.

Photo Brooke Trisolini 

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Photo: Christopher Duggan Courtesy By Jacob's Pillow