Magnetic Spaces: Dancing in Partnership
A Workshop with guest artists Marion Ramirez and Jungwoong Kim
Grounded in their practice of Contact Improvisation and other dance and arts forms, Marion and Jungwoong will guide our students in exploring giving into and challenging gravity, looking at ways of resonating with the rhythm and melody of the other dancers and their kinesphere, and playing with how to be in synch while indulging in opposition or riding a common wave. Coming in and out of physical contact, in and out of shared weight, these practices have the potential to inspire clarity of communication, generated in the elasticity in the space between the bodies. Open to students in any dance technique at the intermediate level and up.
Marion Ramirez is a Puerto Rican dance artist, dedicated to the art of improvisation and inspired by collaborative process. From a young age she was immersed in the Puerto Rican artistic community in San Juan, studying and performing forms such as pantomime, flamenco, ballet, theater, Latin American social dances, modern and postmodern dance with inspiring experimental choreographers. She graduated from the Laban Center in London, UK with a BFA in choreography, and more recently she was a University Fellow at Temple University where she completed an MFA in Dance with a focus in Community Arts. She has performed with choreographers Yvonne Maier, Sally Silvers, Noemi Segarra, Merian Soto, Petra Bravo, Myrna Renaud, Lizzy Le Quesne, Jean Abreu among others. With her partner, Jungwoong Kim, she has collaborated in numerous site specific performance projects including Kim’s recent project, SaltSoul, Ramirez’s most recent work Musa Paradisiaca was performed at Conwell Theater in Philadelphia and Pregones Theater in New York and her community arts project Caperucita Roja and The Big Bad Wolf was performed at the
Jungwoong Kim was born and raised in South Korea and had extensive training in martial arts and Korean traditional dance and ritual, both of which strongly inform his artistic vision and aesthetic. After graduating from Korea National University of the Arts in Seoul with a BFA in choreography, he performed and toured throughout Korea and Asia with the award-winning dance/theater group Trust Dance Company, and with other ensembles. Jungwoong’s choreographic and collaborative works were presented at the National Theater of Korea and supported by the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture. Kim studied contact Improvisation and choreography in New York on an Arts Council of Korea award and later studied with composer Pauline Oliveros. He is presently an artist-in-residence at Asian Arts Initiative and a Pew Center for Arts & Heritage multi-year grant awardee for his project, SaltSoul. He has taught for University of the Arts, the University of Richmond, Korea National University of the Arts, and Chonbuk National University among other institutions