What the Press Said


“Its vision is expansive, challenging the threshold of each medium, surging forward to create new possibilities. My company will create works of vision and movement language in reverence and awe of novelty that challenge and broaden the boundaries… reaching into the inner territories of the imagination, passion and the spirit to create new expressions of dance.”

-Young Soon Kim

“SSOOT II, aptly named the jewel in the lotus, did, indeed, prove an absolute gem. It was organic and natural — and yet urban… velvety and intimate… like watching someone else’s dream. What accounted for this otherworldly feel? The soundtrack was part of it—an impressive original score by Allen Won, Hahn Dae Soo and Jang Young Kyu—which flowed seamlessly between drumming, bird song, and jazz. The quality of dance was superb. SSOOT II took risks…. The impression of the dance as a whole is that of a mosaic, or a cabinet of curiosities, where every small part fits thematically with the rest.”

-Sarah Hart, Exploredance.com

 

“Serenity and gently charged lyricism were the   hallmarks of  two  premiers  choreographed  by  Young  Soon Kim… sense of meticulous craft…Ms. Kim caught  the feeling of the  frothing,  foaming  motion  of  water  and  it‘s  erotic undertones…”Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times

“Ms. Kim is indeed handsome and skilled…A dream of pure lyricism…with the dancer seeming to be some sort of mythological moon goddess. The total expressiveness of her…unbounded joy in the dance…she seemed so overwhelmingly in love with dance…this lambent solo was the outstanding creation of the program.”
-Jennie Schulman, Back Stage

“The passionate feeling spilling out from the inner creative source… something that struck me in the heart…the expression of the dancers bodies was taken right to the edge… the dance overwhelms the view with lucid motifs revealed in powerful upthrusts…Young Soon‘s body hummed with the feeling of the pure energy of dance.”
-Tokyo Daily News of Japan

“Young Soon Kim is a stunning performer… Kim‘s choreography is highly charged, full of yearning leg extensions, trembling gestures both provocative and shy…her Moo Nyah Do had a tableaux of visual beauty…clear only in the presence of Young Soon Kim‘s passionate dancing…”
-Elizabeth Zimmer, Dance Magazine

“Kim‘s style is a personalized blend of modern dance and ballet….tidily crafted essays in a decoratively impassioned movement.”
-Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

“A dream of pure lyricism… Kim is a vivacious performer, sinewy but sensuous dancer endowed with a radiant stage presence…, the beat of her heart becomes the rhythm of the music.”
-Vernon Ram, Hong Kong Standard

“Ms. Kim created the illusion that she was bewitched by the magic of the night…form and content were successfully united.”
-Jack Anderson, The New York Times

“Vibrant… innovative choreography… high energy, joyous, earthy, jazzy, enchanting!”
-Rebecca Daniels, Woodstock Times

숯 SSOOT (2007) was able to produced by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, John Ryan Company,Korean Culture Service of NY, NYC, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea.A Korean Smorgasbord, With a Twist on the Side.
-By Marilyn Russo  Attitude: The Dancer‘s Magazine 2007

Young Soon Kim,”…is her own energy producer as was amply demonstrated in this almost two hours long piece that featured sixteen performers of remarkably diverse backgrounds.”

“SSOOT…was a veritable buffet of dance theater with riveting aerial work, acrobatic use of fabrics and costumes, a poignant visual drama/dance Hanf A Ri with guest artist Won Kim and Water Dance featuring Pascal Benichou, along with Ms. Kim, in a free-spirited, thoughtful romp in an on-stage pool of water.”

“There were eight other short solos, duets and ensemble dances to dynamic compositions buy Ki Young, Dae Soo Hahn, Boo- Woo Ku, and Man-Bang Lee. Well integrated into the choreography, lighting designer Daniel Meeker managed to accentuate Ms. Kim‘s mood and story line. Costumes by Myung Bohm, Hwi-won Lee and Young Yoon were exceptional.”

“The strong Company which includes Benjamin Degenhardt, Mica Bernas, Cornelius Brown, Allison Clancy, Lauren Yalango, Blanca Cubillos-Roman, Faith Hunter Kimberling, Sin Ae Park and Randy Burd is featured in Solos & Duets.”

“In Water Dance Ms. Kim achieves a sense of sculptural beauty and intimacy. Benichou gathers her up as if to keep her from the water. At other times he lets her splash down.  As they move into and out of the pool, the water dangles and sprays from their hair and body. The water is their bond, drawing them together and easing their individual anxiety and tension.”

“…Her troupe (is) technically secure, incredibly adaptive, versatile and often lyrical…”

An opening duet by Low and Blackman is pretty, soft and clinging, with big lifts…The duet that Yue and Degenhardt dance in the midst of a quartet percolates with soft angry violence and hard reconciliations and is full of sweet anticipation and tension. And the more acrobatic group piece that ends SSOOT III is really dynamic and interesting, with plenty of tantalizing loose ends and non sequiturs, and showcases
-2009, Quinn Batson, Dance Critic

Yin Yue and Malcolm Low do an excellent job implying passion and emotion, using a combination of spiralling lifts, snaking intertwinings and moments of soft and tender slowness, in Young Soon Kim’s I See Something/I See Nothing, to wrap up Friday night’s performance. Kim showed much more of So Long for Now, including the duet above, in the ferry landing finale. The sensual excellence of sitting outside on a warm night, with water and New York city as a backdrop, worked really well to make the thunder and music of Mana Kawamura’s Cloudburst resonate, the swirl of Jennifer Muller’s 11-member cast percolate, and Kim’s duet between Marla Phelan and Emily Oldak pop and shine‖.

-2010, Quinn Batson, Offoffoff.com