Formed in 1988, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company (WHITE WAVE) strives to inspire audiences through multi-dimensional dance productions reflecting themes and philosophies both modern and timeless. Our mission is to be a potent stimulus for change and expansion of the dance/arts world through the production of dance concerts, classes, residencies, and education.
Formed in 1988, WHITE WAVE RISING Young Soon Kim Dance Company (WHITE WAVE) strives to inspire audiences through multi-dimensional dance productions reflecting themes and philosophies both modern and timeless. Our mission is to be a potent stimulus for change and expansion of the dance/arts world through the production of dance concerts, festivals, residencies, and education.
Artistic Director Young Soon Kim’s vision is expansive, challenging the threshold of dance, music, theater and visual art, surging forward to create new possibilities. Ms. Kim creates works of vision and movement language in reverence and awe of novelty that challenge and broaden the boundaries of dance. We provide both emerging and established choreographers/companies with a NYC venue where they can congregate, create, rehearse and present new dance works through our festivals.
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A Brief History of WHITE WAVE:
WHITE WAVE’s logo signifies “Ride the Korean wave, the Hallyu”. The color white is the symbolic color of Korea and the circle represents the universe, so WHITE WAVE RISING means “the Korean Wave is rising through the universe”. When Young Soon created her company’s name in 1988, that was her company’s mission. That is why, during interviews she often said “I am the pioneer of “Hallyu.”
Artistic Director Young Soon Kim and the company have appeared on many principal stages both in the US and the Far East — 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 at regional venues across the United States.
Over the last decade, Young Soon Kim has also gained eminence as one of New York’s leading dance curators as producer and presenter of large-scale annual dance festivals that regularly feature performances of either new works or repertory pieces. WHITE WAVE has also enjoyed wide press coverage over the years, including features for WWOR-TV Channel 9’s 10 O’clock News and Fox 5 TV’s Good Day New York.
Starting in 2007 with landmark performances at DTW’s Bessie Schönberg Theater, Kim developed a sequence of innovative works that integrated contemporary dance and aerial choreography. Her novel choreographic method was described in the press by journalist Robert Kruse: “Young Soon began by visualizing the choreography and working with dancers and aerial artists to make a reality out of it. Through the use of harnesses and suspended loops of fabric, Young Soon choreographs without a bottom. This is unlike the circus style aerobatics you may be used to seeing… What makes it unique is Young Soon’s unification of her style with the aerial device. Her work is more of an abstract expressionist dance gliding through the air. This is also incorporated with her planet earth-based choreography.”
Kim’s SSOOT Series (2007-10) was chronicled annually in stunning productions at the WHITE WAVE John Ryan Theater. In August, 2010, the company presented an evening-length program at Steppingstone Waterside Theater (Great Neck, NY), including the world premiere of Shanghai Dream, set to a composition by the Chinese virtuoso pianist Tian, featuring live accompaniment by the composer.
In June 2012, the 16-member WWYSKDC made a triumphant Far East Tour to Korea, where the Company performed “Here Now So Long” and “SSOOT.” The original composition and live music performance of “Here Now So Long” were the latest collaboration with Cappelli and included panoramic live video images by David Tirosh. The ensemble performed at the Arko Theater in Seoul and Sungnam Arts Center, and opened the Festival O! Gwangju. The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) captured 110 minutes of the critically acclaimed performances, airing nationwide in August 2012, on a program similar to WNET-13’s “Great Performances.”
In November, 2011, at The Museum of Art and Design (MAD), the company presented the premiere of a bold new contemporary work, “Here NOW,” which was ingeniously choreographed to simulate a three-dimensional stage by simultaneously streaming videos of chosen facets of the performance on the walls and dancers emerging from multiple focal points of the theater. In 2012 and 2011, WHITE WAVE Dance was invited to NY’s SummerStage where they wowed a packed house.
WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company was selected for the 2013/2014 BAM Professional Development Program (PDP), which concluded with the premiere of Kim’s piece “Eternal NOW” at BAM Fisher in June 2014. The Company again wowed a packed house, stunning audiences and critics alike. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center documented Eternal NOW on its Opening Night. The video has been catalogued and added to NYPL Dance Division’s permanent collection.
With the premiere of “Eternal NOW”, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company completed Ms. Kim’s four-part “Here Now” Series, which she sculpted in collaboration with her performers and a group she has worked with since 2010: composer Marco Capelli, video artist Kate Freer and dramaturge James Leverett. These utterly compelling multimedia dance-theater works are characterized by their remarkable versatility and choreographic virtuosity. With each piece, the audience experiences a deeply sensual expression of movement that perpetually affirms the now, in space and time, as it reveals the inner landscape of human emotion. In 2015, the company will present a masterful compilation of works from this Series to new and excited dancegoers.
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YOUNG SOON KIM Artistic Director / CEO
Young Soon Kim, Artistic Director of WHITE WAVE, is a nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographer. Her ongoing 37-year career began as a brilliant performer, traversing the globe performing with Jennifer Muller and the Works and her repertory of original works in Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong, as well as a 60-day tour in Korea. In addition she frequently appeared at major venues & festivals such 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 Institution and broadcasted nationwide by PBS. She returned to Korea in 2013 to perform as part of
the “Celebration of Korea’s 50 Years of Modern Dance” at the Arko Theater in Seoul where she danced a solo from her piece ‘SSOOT’ titled ‘Dark Woods’.
Since founding WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company in 1988, Kim and her company have performed her repertory of 57 original works on an international scale collaborating with music greats such as Dave Brubeck, Stan Strickland, Marco Capelli, and Chinese pianist Tian. In addition to her company’s NY Seasons, Kim has choreographed for City Contemporary Dance Company in Hong Kong, Seoul Contemporary Dance Company in Korea and the St. Gallen Dance Loft in Switzerland, among others.
Ms. Kim’s critically acclaimed SSOOT series originated in 2007 with SSOOT I, a full-evening piece for sixteen performers that premiered at Dance Theater Workshop’s Bessie Schoenberg Theater. Her novel choreographic method was described in the press by journalist Robert Kruse: Young Soon began by visualizing the choreography and working with dancers and aerial artists to make a reality out of it. Through the use of harnesses and suspended loops of fabric, Young Soon choreographs without a bottom. … What makes it unique is Young Soon’s unification of her style with the aerial device. Her work is more of an abstract expressionist dance gliding through the air. This is also incorporated with her planet earth-based choreography.
In recent years, the company’s appearances have accelerated, including bookings at New York’s SummerStage and Manhattan’s Museum of Arts and Design. In June 2012, the company’s 16-member ensemble toured to Korea, performing “Here Now So Long” and “SSOOT,” featuring live music and video art, in Seoul, Gwangju and Sungnam. This tour’s magnitude was sponsored by the Korean government and LIG Insurance Company. The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS-TV) captured the performance, airing in August 2012 on a program similar to “Great Performances.” Soon after, Ms. Kim was nominated for the 17th Annual KBS Global Korean Award and for a documentary film to highlight her life’s achievements.
The company was selected for the 2013/2014 BAM Professional Development Program (PDP), a collaborative program provided by BAM & the DeVos Institute of Arts Management (Kennedy Center), which increased WHITE WAVE’s institutional capacity and built the necessary foundation for long-term success. The program culminated in the world premiere of “Eternal NOW” presented at BAM Fisher in June, 2014. The troupe wowed a packed house, stunning audiences and critics alike. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center documented Eternal NOW on its Opening Night. The video has been catalogued and added to NYPL Dance Division’s permanent collection. Not much later, Ms. Kim was nominated for a second time for the 18th Annual KBS Global Korean Award.
In addition to her role as a performer and Artistic Director, Ms. Kim initiated a series of dance festivals after creating WHITE WAVE John Ryan Theater in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in 2001. She has since become one of the most recognized producers/curators in New York City. Kim also served as a juror for New York City Department of City Affairs in 2006 and as an apprentice for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2014.
“There are people who simply have a lot of energy, and the Korean-born choreographer Young Soon Kim is clearly one of them.” – Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times 2008.