Sunhwa Chung, Ko-Ryo Dance Theater and More Set for Green Space, May 2014

Sunhwa Chung, Ko-Ryo Dance Theater and More Set for Green Space, May 2014

Green Space is pleased to offer a diverse roster of new/ emerging artists in May. Fertile Ground will present new work by various artists and Take Root will present an evening of work by Sunhwa Chung/ Ko-Ryo Dance Theater.

TAKE ROOT, now in its 5th season, aids in the continued development and performance of new dance work of various aesthetics by providing choreographers with the opportunity to be produced in a full-length or paired evening of work. This once a month series supports dance makers by providing our venue, Green Space, with full technical and marketing support.

May 16th & 17th, 2014
Admission: $15
Tickets are available at the door or online at

About the Work: Sunhwa Chung/ Ko-Ryo Dance Theater presents a unique, authentic blend of modern and traditional Korean dance, "Life is Every Day: So Close Yet So Far Away" is a glimpse into the dramatic lifestyle changes of transplanted Koreans as they are forced to adapt to foreign cultures. This piece is inspired by real events in the choreographer's own journey of accepting change and embracing new customs.

Choreographer/ Company Biography: Sunhwa Chung is a native Korean and earned M.A. in Dance from American University, Washington, D.C. in 1999. She performed at the Asian Games of 1986 and the Seoul Olympics in 1988. She was awarded a scholarship for emerging choreographers from the Arts Club of Washington, D.C., in 1998 and also was selected as one of the great choreographers for the 16th Annual Choreographers' Showcase by the Maryland Department of Parks and Recreation in 1999. She has performed extensively throughout Korea and Japan and performed both traditional and modern dance at prestigious venues in the United States including the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theater, Washington D.C., Dance Place, Washington D.C., Public Playhouse, UMBC Theater, Maryland, American University Experimental Theater, Washington, D.C., Asian American Arts Center, Maryland, and the Korean Embassy, Washington, D.C. She formed Ko-Ryo Dance Theater, in 2001 in New York City.

Ms. Chung has produced and directed several performances of the Ko-Ryo Dance Theater at the Merce Cunningham Studio, the Flamboyan Theater, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, and Joyce SoHo in New York City. Her choreography has been presented at the Cool New York Dance Festival, La MaMa Moves Dance Blast, and several different venues in New York. Ko-Ryo Dance Theater was invited to perform at the 75th Anniversary Season at Jacob's Pillow in June 2007. In October 2008, Ko-Ryo was invited by the Overseas Korean Foundation to perform at the "Korean Festival" in Seoul, Incheon, Yongin and Kwangju, Korea, and presented by Arirang Television. Ko-Ryo Dance Theater was invited once again by Jacob's Pillow to perform in the Inside/Out series during the 2009 season. Ko-Ryo Dance Theater performed in May 2010 at Dance Place during their celebration of Asian Heritage Month. In 2012, Ms. Chung was invited to Dance Place for the second time and had the 10th Anniversary performance at Dance New Amsterdam for the Artist Residency Program of 2012 in New York City. Ms. Chung has been preparing to tour her company in Seoul and Pusan for their debut performance at Sogang University, Korea, in September, 2014.