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.
Collaborators: Arletta Anderson, Tulsi Shah, Chantal Cherry, Jack Ironstone [Dancers], Melody H. Shim, Daniel Corall [Musicians], Amanda Eno (Stage Manager], Ajani Brannum [Writer]