July 30, July 31, August 1
July 30, July 31, August 1
Detroit Dance City Festival is three-day community building event celebrates dance in its various forms and disciplines with workshops, performances and networking opportunities held at various locations throughout the city of Detroit. The mission of Detroit Dance City Festival is to educate audiences about the impact of dance, provide opportunities for artists to share their work, and create artistic networks between Michigan, the United States and the world. The Detroit Dance City Festival will showcase the work of over 40 local and national performing artists and companies.
The 2014 Detroit Dance City Festival drew over 1,500 Festival participants.
The Festival hopes to continue to grow for the following year with the creation of an international collaborative project spearheaded by the Festival’s parent organization, ARTLAB J. The Detroit Dance City Festival (DDCF) and South Korean based Gwang Jin International Dance City Festival (GSDF) has created a new international exchange initiative in order to cultivate cross-cultural artistic experiences and continue developing Detroit as a global epicenter for dance. One choreographer who has presented their work at this year’s Detroit Dance City Festival will be selected to present their work as a part of the GSDF in South Korea next year. This is an exciting opportunity for Michigan-based artists to connect and work with artists from around the world.
The Festival will also host a great variety of diverse dance workshops led by the field’s leading practitioners whose styles range from modern to jazz, ballet to hip-hop. Aside from the performances and workshops, Festival participants are invited to relax, network, and meet the artists and other festival goers at the official after parties each evening.
Joori Jung is the Founder of ARTLAB J and Artistic Director and Choreographer of ARTLAB J Dance. Originally from Seoul, Korea, She received her B.A (2006) and M.A in dance from Kyung Hee University in 2008. She toured internationally with the Seoul Dance Theatre from 2004-2007 and she was Final List Performance at the 2007 Seoul International Dance Competition and 3rd prize performance at the 2007 Korea National Dance Competition. She danced with various dance companies in Korea before moving to New York in 2009. She then joined Time Lapse Dance and Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre and began her own choreographic work in New York. In 2012, she moved to Detroit to achieve her goal to expand contemporary dance as well as the arts community in Detroit and decided to establish the ARTLAB J, 2012.
What to Expect at the Detroit Dance City Festival
Over the years, Detroit has turned from a once roaring motor city, to the epicenter of flourishing creatives and entrepreneurship. New business ventures budding by the day, art and music creation in full swing, and then there is dance. Dance is Detroit’s best-kept secret, and in the summer of 2014, ARTLAB J is ready to let the cat out of the bag! We will host the 2nd annual Detroit Dance City Festival. Our goal is to bring to light to the emerging dance scene, and bring to the stage Detroit’s finest talent. In addition to amazing performances, we will bring together renowned names in dance to have them share their knowledge to all those whom attend the festival. We hope to have Metro Detroit dancers and all others alike come together and celebrate the art of DANCE!