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JOORI JUNG

Festival Director

She is a dancer, choreographer and dance educator. Originally from Seoul, Korea, she received her B.A (2006) and M.A (2008) in dance from Kyung Hee University.  She toured internationally with the Seoul Dance Theatre from 2004-2007. She performed with numerous dance companies in Korea before moving to New York in 2009. There she joined Time Lapse Dance and Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre and began her own choreographic work. In 2012, she moved to Detroit to pursue her dreams of expanding contemporary dance as well as the City’s arts community and decided to establish ArtLab J in 2012.

Through ArtLab J, she produces and directs the 3 day, international Detroit Dance City Festival. Jung is also the curator of many other ‘lab’ projects, including the local choreography showcase Detroit Dance Race, collaboration concert Detroit Revival Project. Jung has also been a 2014 Ted Fellow, and the Detroit Dance City Festival was a 2014 Knight Arts Challenge winner. 2016 under Jung’s direction, ArtLab J was co-curate dance programming for the Detroit Institute of Arts to supplement the special exhibit on dance 2016.

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LARA RONEY

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Originally from Detroit, Lara has been involved with ArtLab J for three years, and is currently in her second season with ArtLab J I as a professional contemporary dancer. Lara holds a BA from Kalamazoo College, where she taught, choreographed, and performed with Frelon Dance Company. In 2008, Lara made Florence, Italy her second home, earning an MA in Art History through a fellowship with Syracuse University’s Florence Graduate Program in Renaissance Art, and teaching art history abroad for six years before returning to the Detroit area and reconnecting with her love of dance through ArtLab J. She has since appeared in a varied body of works including Caution (’17), We Remain, Detroit (’17-‘18), Distance (’18), Thorn (’18), Instinct (’18-‘19), Interview (’19), Submerge (’19), and choreographer Kangseok Lee’s Inside (’18).

Lara currently teaches and choreographs as Assistant Director of ArtLab J’s “Grown-ups” program, which empowers individuals to embrace expression through dance at any stage in life. In March, Lara joined the DDCF team, thrilled to be part of a project that works to build Detroit’s visibility as a major epicenter for creativity and diversity in the field of dance today.

 

2019 DDCF COMMITTEE

Angela Kane, Professor of Dance, School of Music and Dance, University of Michigan

SeYong KiM, Assistant Professor of Department of Dance, Western Michigan University

Joanna McNamara, Professor of Dance, Eastern Michigan university

2019 DDCF PARTNERS

John Sobczak, Photographer   

Joanna McNamara, Founder and Curator of Screen Dance International


  

2019 DDCF STAFF

Festival Director, Joori Jung

Program Coordinator, Lara Roney

Technical Director, Kenneth Balazovich

Sound Designer, Jessica Balazovich

Friday Dance Party, Kevin Keyz Bausley

VIDEO, BrEE BIRR

PHOTO, SCOTT LIPIEC & pamela macintyre

Welcome Center Managers, Jaide King-Griffin & Jayun Choi

Manager/Dancing in the Park, Mikaela Dear

Social Media, Lisa Kang


THANK YOU TO ALL OUR STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS WHO HELP MAKE DDCF POSSIBLE!!

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