DaEun Jung

DaEun Jung is a Korean-born dancer-choreographer currently based in Los Angeles. She interlaces forms, principles, and methods of her ancestral and contemporary performance practices within her self-constructed system.

Jung’s work has been supported by Los Angeles Performance Practice (LAPP), Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT), Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), Pieter Performance Space, Movement Research at Judson Church, Korea Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), and New Music USA. She has received residency support from Loghaven Artist Residency, L.A. Dance Project, Brockus Project Dance, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs at Camera Obscura Art Lab, Show Box L.A. at we live in space, as well as the Forward Dialogues 2019 at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC). A master artist of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and Cultural Trailblazer of City of Los Angeles Department Cultural Affairs, Jung redefines the practice and repertoire of Korean dance in multicultural settings.

Before relocating to LA, Jung toured cities and countries in Asia and Europe as a full-time dancer of Gyeonggido Dance Company which is renowned for its large-scale classical and contemporary Korean dance repertoire. Having six years of early conservatory training in dance at the National Gugak School as a recipient of the National Theater of Korea Award, she completed a BA in dance and minor in Korean literature from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. In the US, Jung holds her MFA in choreography at UCLA where she was recognized as a Westfield Emerging Artist. She has taught at Santa Monica College, Loyola Marymount University, University of Nevada Reno and Indiana University and currently is a lecturer at University of California Riverside.

Visiting Artist | Jan 9-20, 2024


Visiting Artist DaEun Jung is coming to MANCC for the first time as a Lead Artist in a post-premiere residency to further develop her evening-length dance project, NORRI. Inspired by the principle, form and mode of Korean folk dance as a communal performance practice, NORRI, meaning “play” in Korean, creates an inclusive platform to experiment with collaborative pattern compositions while celebrating both collective accomplishments and individual grooves.

At MANCC, Jung, who performs in the piece along with her four other dancers, will refine NORRI following its premiere in Los Angeles before they launch their tour at Kayenta (UT) in March 2024. While at MANCC, they will continue their somatic practice rooted in the principle of classical Korean dance as a daily routine and hyper-structured improvisation on 16 gestural movements attuned to the individual dancers’ kinesthetic desires.

In addition to working with her dancers, Jung will collaborate with Pansori singer Melody Shim and composer Daniel Corral. They will experiment with an expanded range of spontaneous interplay between the dancers and musicians, which revives the mode of the ancient Korean folk performance scene, for different configurations of upcoming tour venues. Additionally, they will further explore the visual/scenic elements of NORRI, including Corral’s video counters that visualize dancers’ numeric sequence play.

Jung and her dancers will share the practice and creation of NORRI to the MANCC and FSU community through an open showing towards the end of the residency.

This residency marks the second time Jung and Pansori singer Melody Shim have been to MANCC. Previously, they were participant collaborators along with six other collaborative pairs in the 2019 MANCC Forward Dialogues, a 14-day immersive, early career artist laboratory designed to support and catalyze the ideas of emergent movement-based artists.

NORRI is being produced in partnership with Los Angeles Performance Practice (LAPP) and premiered as part of LAPP’s 2023 Live Arts Exchange (LAX) Festival. Its development has been made possible with support from the L.A. Dance Project LAUNCH: LA Artist Residency, New England Foundation for the Arts, Korea Foundation, and New Music USA.

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Collaborators: Arletta Anderson, Tulsi Shah, Chantal Cherry, Jack Ironstone (Dancers), Melody H. Shim, Daniel Corall (Musicians), and Amanda Eno (Stage Manager)

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