Seoul, South Korea
Jihyun Kim, born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, started dancing at the age of 8 and got her B.S degree in dance from Hanyang University. During her senior year, she won the Golden Prize for senior contemporary in “The 41st Dong-A Dance Competition” and started to gain attention as a remarkable dancer. Post-graduation, Jihyun joined a dance company, Garimda, and danced for two seasons under the direction of Kwan Joong Son. In 2012, Jihyun moved to New York City in order to enhance her dance career and enrich her experience. She has earned her MFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, and performed with a diverse group of companies and choreographers including Crystal Pite & Kidd Pivot, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Stefanie Batten Bland, ROVACO, Gaspard & Dancers, HeeRa Yoo, and many others. As a choreographer Jihyun has presented her own work, on stage and in film, at a variety of venues — nationally with KoDaFe, Dumbo Dance Festival, Translate, Sans Limits Dance Spring, Spark Spring Film Festival, and Gallery Max Soho, and internationally with Tanz Pro Korea in South Korea. She has also collaborated with a visual artist, Taejoong Kim, and had the honour of presenting a work The Rose of Sharon Bloomed at the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University. In order to further expand her creativity, Jihyun co-founded a New York-based creative group, 301 Project, which focuses on the portrayal of traditional Korean history with a modern touch. Since 2019, Jihyun has performed with NW Dance Project in original works by Sarah Slipper, Ihsan Rustem, Luca Veggetti, Jirí Pokorný, Alex Soares, Hannah Kiel, Serge Bennathan, Kaloyan Boyadjev, Joseph Hernandez, Alice Klock, and Alysa Pire.