Fri 4 Dec to Sat 9 Jan

Korean Dance Now: Sung Im Her

Online Documentary


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Watch here on Fri 4 Dec from 7.30pm, available until 9 Jan 2021. Subtitles are available, please select on the video task bar.

After watching this, why not tune in for an evening of short films made by Korean artists HERE (available from Fri 4 Dec, 8pm).

Sung Im Her is an international choreographer from South Korea who previously worked in Belgium before setting up a base in London.

She describes ‘dance’ as “the time when the cells in the body rise". An excited movement, just like children playing, but what the performers intend to show you is related to the uppermost limits and bodily pain experienced by artists.  

This documentary shines a light on Sung Im Her's career to date using interviews, clips of performances, and behind-the-scenes footage.

Following her on her latest project Percolate, created during the current Covid-19 pandemic in collaboration with photographer Rachel Cherry and Siobhan Davies Studio, viewers will observe the artistic process from idea to production, as well as gain an insight into Sung Im Her's varying roles as choreographer, mother and wife, and how all these are affected by the pandemic where live performance is on hold.

Also featuring footage of Sung Im Her's acclaimed show Nutcrusher (performed at The Place in autumn 2019), which touches on themes of female identity, power, and sexual objectification.  

How to watch

Simply visit this page and tune in online on Fri 4 Dec at 7.30pm. The film will be available to watch until Thu 9 Jan 2021.

About Sung Im Her

Since 2012, Sung Im Her has created a number of remarkable touring works of her own; Philia, En-trance, Tuning alongside performing regularly with renowned companies Needcompany and Abattoir Fermé. Moving from Belgium to London in 2016, she was supported by Testbeds Catalyst, a year-long programme for midcareer artists where she developed ideas around global citizenship, borders and home. Her solo You Are Okay! (2017), which continues to tour, attracted co-production support from NRW Kultur Tanzrecherche in Bonn, Cocoon Dance, Seoul Arts Foundation, ACE, Korean Arts Council, Oost Vlaanderen, NRW Kultursekretariat Wuppertal. In 2018 she was commissioned by Counterpoint Arts to create Human Wall for Refugee Week at the V & A. This year, her trios Nutcrusher and W.A.Y (W Are You) are supported by the Korean Arts Council, both premiering in Seoul. Sung Im Her’s work is produced by Eun Hye Yang in Korea and by Nikki Tomlinson in the UK.

Times: 7.30pm (BST)
Venue: Online

A Festival of Korean Dance 2020 | Online Edition

We're delighted to team up with London's Korean Cultural Centre to present a very special online edition of A Festival of Korean Dance.