In Spring 2013, the University of Utah Department of Ballet presented 8 contemporary series performances of ‘Choreographers of the Far East’ that was directed by Professor Jay Kim and featured 25 Utah Ballet Company dancers and 6 Department of Ballet men. This production featured four works that included three World Premieres created by choreographers all hailing from Asia.
Guest choreographer Ma Cong from Beijing, China, is Principal Dancer and Resident Choreographer with Tulsa Ballet Theatre and has been voted one of the ‘25 to Watch’ by Dance Magazine for both his dancing and choreography. Utah Ballet had the honor of presenting Ma Cong’s creation Passion There.
Guest choreographer Dr. Jung Shik Roh is from Seoul, Korea and received his Ph.D. in Dance in 2007 and has 11 years of higher education. He is the General Director of the Roh Dance Project, and serves as Artistic Director of the Tetmaroo Dance Company, the resident Modern Dance Company of Sejong University of Seoul, Korea where he also serves as Modern Dance faculty. Utah Ballet had the honor of presenting two World Premiere works by Dr. Roh that included Transcendence and The Permeation of Consciousness.
In addition, Professor Jay Kim, from Seoul, Korea who served as Artistic Director of Utah Ballet for the 2012-2013 season, presented the World Premiere work Binari.