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Dance Maker

From Far East to the Netherlands, to investigate how to transform cultural diversity into a universal value

Japanese-Korean Jija Sohn studied Applied Linguistics in the USA before deciding to change direction and focus on performance art.

In 2015 she graduated from the School of New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam and was the first choreographer to be selected for the Moving Forward process. During this process, she developed the production Geisha’s miracle (2016) – an intelligently layered exploration of femininity and play with tradition that embraces the modern age with complete commitment.

In 2017 Jija Sohn was selected for the 3package deal, enabling her to work on her – slightly autobiographical – new piece. In Kyabajo (2018) she explores the character of the Japanese hostess, delving into questions regarding identity and empowerment. In her work, Jija Sohn investigates how cultural diversity can be transformed into a universal value. She is interested in the moment at which different realities violently collide.