Dancer / Choreographer Cho Yong-min is Performer in Residence at Asia House

Cho Yong-min has been an active supporter of and participant in the cultural scene over the past few years. He choreographed the dance performance at 오방색 O Bang Saek – the UK Korean Artists’ Association 2012 residency at the KCC – and more recently gave a performance at the University of Brighton’s exhibition Mobility of the Line.

So it’s good that he’s in a three-month residency at Asia House. The residency ends with a performance – exact details to be announced, but it’s likely to coincide with the City of London Festival, which has a Korean strand to it this year.

In the below video you can see some stills of Cho’s work, and then read on for full details of the residency.

New Performer in Residence scheme launches at Asia House

Cho Yong-min
Asia House’s first Performer in Residence Cho Yong-min

Asia House is launching an exciting new concept for Asia House’s Arts and Learning programme in the form of its first Artists-Performers in Residence scheme.

The aim of the scheme is to concentrate on young and emerging artists working in the fields of visual art, performance and the written word and whose practice bridges Asia House’s vision to promote the rich diversity of transnational cultures from Asia here in the UK.

An emphasis will be placed on traditional art forms combined with modern and contemporary influences.

Residencies offer an opportunity for creative practitioners whose approach is both experimental and explorative to engage with more diverse audiences at Asia House.

The focus is on education and collaboration with younger people and their families, giving visitors a chance to experience and exchange ideas with the artists and performers and their working process – either in person or via Asia House social media channels.

The scheme kicks off with Asia House Performer in Residence Yong Min Cho (UK/South Korea/Italy) who will be running lunchtime 20 mins workshops twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at Asia House, starting today, Tuesday 15 April, continuing until Thursday 5 June.

The aim of the drop-in workshops, called Creative Movement with Yong Min Cho, is to create vibrant health and increase energy among workshop participants and engage them with breathing and meditation.

Through the workshops, participants can develop a fit and harmoniously balanced body and the aim of the different movement techniques is to help them develop their full potential. The body’s natural ability to boost self-confidence can be enhanced through Yong Min Cho’s approach to body healing, which also includes advice on diet and lifestyle.

Cho is an artistic director of A+M (Asia Movement), choreographer, dancer and creative movement teacher. He began his dance studies at the dance theatre school at the Picolo Teatro in Milan, which was founded in 1947 by by Giorgio Strehler, Paolo Grassi and Nina Vinchi.

After three years of training in Milan, he moved to Venice, where he worked with American dance choreographer Carolyn Carlson. He remained in Venice for several years working independently as a dancer at the Centro Teatrale di Ricerca. Since 2005 he has been living and working in London whilst touring Italy and South Korea.

The three-month residency will culminate with a performance by Cho, The Bridging Colours – White Dance and Music, which is a collaborative venture with the Korean Dance Company, Pyung In, accompanied by the traditional musical ensemble, Nol Eum Pan, in collaboration with the Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy.

These performances will take place on 12 and 13 June at Asia House and more details will be made available soon.

The drop-in 20 mins workshops, called Maum Momm (Mind – Body) will take place twice a week at Asia House at 13.00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are free although donations of £3 are suggested. There is no need to book. Just drop in!

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