Thu 3 Dec to Sat 9 Jan

Korean Dance Now: Jin Yeob Cha, an artist who crosses time and space

Online Documentary


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Watch here on Thu 3 Dec from 7.30pm, available until 9 Jan 2021. Subtitles are available, please select on the video task bar.

After watching this, why not watch a beautifully filmed version of Korea National Contemporary Dance Company's Beyond Black HERE (available from Thu 3 Dec, 8pm).

Known for crossing artistic boundaries, Jin Yeob Cha is one of South Korea's most celebrated dancers and choreographers.

Made while Jin Yeob Cha prepares for a new online show, this documentary reveals a glimpse into the artist's process as she challenges herself to create work for a new performance culture in a post-COVID-19 era.  

The film features clips of Jin Yeob Cha's visually striking performances, including the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, as well as an interview where she talks about what propels her to cross boundaries and take inspiration from ballet, modern dance, opera, musical theatre, film, and technology.

The Place's artistic director Eddie Nixon, choreographer Carolyn Choa and Coronet theatre director Anda Winters will give an insight into Jin Yeob Cha's impact on Korea's contemporary dance scene. You'll also see behind-the-scenes footage of the choreographer creating her new online work for the 25th Guangdong Prehistoric Culture Festival. The new show reflects on 'humanity' and reveals how human feelings of apprehension and fear can transcend into hope and resilience over time, a message that aspires to ring true for the current COVID-19 pandemic.

How to watch

Simply visit this page and tune in online on Thu 3 Dec at 7.30pm. The film will be available to watch until Thu 9 Jan 2021.

About Jin Yeob Cha

Jin Yeob Cha is the founder and  artistic director of Collective A. Having been the director of choreography for the opening and closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, she has worked with numerous companies and choreographers internationally including LDP Company of Korea, Hofesh Shechter Company (UK), Galili Dance company (Netherlands), and the English National Opera (UK). Cha is known for her style of breaking the existing form of performance with the force of various disciplines of arts, covering issues of gender and power. She has received Today’s Young Artist Award from the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, as well as an award for choreography of Korea Musical Awards, and Dance Critic's Award. Cha continues to open research sessions as Collective A LAB for artists of various disciplines, offering them opportunities to collaborate and continue.

Collective A is based in Seoul. Since its inception in 2012, the group invites creators, dancers, and artists of various disciplines to explore and research how different micro perspectives transform into new experiences and discoveries when reconstructed together. The group is especially known for going beyond the traditional forms of performances, breaking barriers of limited space, genre, and format. Ultimately, Collective A aims to challenge the meaning of interdisciplinary arts and its limitations, breaking the barriers of artistic dichotomies.

Times: 7.30pm (BST)
Venue: Online

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