Jinyeob Cha is a household name in Korea, after she was propelled to celebrity status as a judge on the Korean version of Dancing with the Stars. And while that has made Jinyeob a famous personality, it’s her incredible choreography and celebrated career that has firmly established her as a pioneering Korean dance artist.
She was prestigiously chosen to choreograph the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics ceremonies, an opportunity that not only showcased Jinyeob’s work to people in her own country, but introduced Korean contemporary dance to a worldwide audience.
Jinyeob trained at the London Contemporary Dance School and has performed with the acclaimed Hofesh Shechter Company, an experience that shaped her own choreography and creative process.
Jinyeob is an innovator of Korean contemporary dance and after a decade of making work in Seoul, she is returning to present her work ‘Riverrun’ at the Festival of Korean Dance, being held in London at The Place, 9-16 May.
Jinyeob shares her fascinating experience and the challenges of creating one of world’s greatest productions, seen by millions globally who tuned in to watch the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics ceremonies. She also shares insights into the dance scene in Korea and how contemporary dance is perceived within the Korean culture, and how the popularity of dance is increasing through commercial dance TV shows.