Formed in 1988, WHITE WAVE Dance has dedicated over 25 years to broadening the boundaries of modern dance. The company is committed to the creation of a union between the natural rhythm of the planet and the primal essence of the human spirit.
With the incorporation of music, poetry and visual art of many forms, the company’s vision is expansive, challenging the threshold of each medium in order to build unique perspectives. Artistic Director Young Soon Kim creates work with a reverence and awe for novelty which expands the language of movement, reaching into the inner territories of the imagination, passion, and the spirit to create new expressions of dance.
Since founding WHITE WAVE Dance, Kim and her company have traversed the globe performing her repertory of 58 original works. Within the U.S., the company has presented work at the Joyce Theater, Kennedy Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, Theater at St. Clemens, Florence Gould Hall, Judson Memorial Church, DanceNow Downtown Festival, Palenville Inter Arts Festival Woodstock (NY) and the Kentucky Center for the Arts and in most recent years, at NY’s SummerStage and Museum of Arts and Design. Internationally, the company has been presented at the National Theater of Seoul, National Theater of Taipei, Ichibangi Theater (Tokyo), Moon Yae Theater, the 1988 Summer Olympics World Dance Festival and the 1992 Year of Dance Festival (Seoul, Korea) as well as the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts.
Over the years, WHITE WAVE DANCE’s wide press coverage, both here and abroad, has included features for WWOR-TV Channel 9’s 10 o’clock News and Fox 5 TV’s Good Day New York. During its 60-day tour of the Far East in 1996, Ms. Kim was interviewed by CNN’s Inside Asia, which aired internationally. In 2012, WHITE WAVE’s 16-member ensemble toured to Korea performing “Here Now So Long” and “SSOOT,” featuring live music and video art, in Seoul, Gwangju and Sungnam. The KBS-TV captured the performance, airing in August 2012 on a program similar to PBS “Great Performances.” Soon after, Ms. Kim was nominated for the 17th Annual KBS Global Korean Award and selected for a documentary film to highlight her life’s achievements.
Most recently, WHITE WAVE Dance has been selected to participate in the BAM Professional Development Program (PDP) which began in September of 2013. A collaboration between BAM and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, the program will focus on expanding the organization’s skill base and building the foundations necessary for long-term success. The program concludes with a production of “Eternal NOW,” making its world premiere at the new BAM Fisher on June 19th, 2014.
Eternal NOW original music commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.
Eternal NOW Sponsors: The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Seoul, Korea), Korean Cultural Service, NYC., The JOHN RYAN COMPANY.