This exciting, young company was established by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as the first state-funded company for the field of contemporary dance in Korea.
Established in August, 2010, Korean National Contemporary Dance Company is the country’s first national ensemble dedicated to contemporary dance. Artistic Director Sung-yop Hong has identified several goals for the company: to encourage creative work by Korean choreographers; to popularize contemporary dance by creating access for regional and local communities; and to contribute to the global contemporary dance scene through international collaboration and partnership. The structure of Korean National Contemporary Dance Company is project-based. Dancers are selected by audition for each project, enabling choreographers to offer opportunities for more dancers and allowing for a stylistic variety of creative work.
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Sung-yop Hong was born in Daegu, Korea in 1962. He began to explore dance as a sophomore at Kyung-Hee University, where he studied fabric engineering. He completed a master’s degree in dance and was awarded the Grand Prize at the prestigious Dong-A Dance competition after only two years of professional work. Hong won the Best Dancer award in 1986 at the Korea Dance Festival and was a member of the Universal Ballet Company from 1990—93. In 1993, he founded Dance Theatre ON and began working as an artistic director and choreographer as well as a dancer. Hong received the Art Prize France-Korea (2001). He has created more than 20 works, several of which have been supported by France’s Lyon Biennale de la Danse.