Jihae Ko is a dancer, choreographer and bodywork therapist. In recent years her work deals with somatic movements through the sensory and the perceptual, as a way of investigating the co- creative relation between body and environment. She was recently invited to Leeum Samsung Contemporary Art Museum to create a performance in the exhibition of artist Olafur Eliasson “ Parliament of Possibilities”.
She is originally from South Korea where she began writing, dance and theatre at an early age, then moved to Canada and The Netherlands to deepen her study in Contemporary Dance and Choreography. She graduated from the school of Toronto Dance and The school for new dance development (SNDO).
Her choreographic works have been shown in several dance platforms such as 11th, 12th Masdanza (Gran Canaria), Sophiensale(Germany), Lantern Venster theater(Nederland), Melkweg Theater(Nederland) and supported by Seoul Dance Center (KR) ,Dansateliers (NL)and Generale oost(NL). She won a prize in Festival of choreographic miniatures in Belgrade, 2006.
Besides her artistic path, she studied in acupuncture and bodywork therapy. Graduated from Senzou open university of Traditional Chinese Medicine and trained in various hands-on therapies. On a regular basis, she follows Co-creation retreat, Continuum movement, Authentic movement and body weather training. She is invited to teach somatic movement to various groups including Korean Dance therapy association (KR), Seoul Buddhism university(KR) and Co-creation retreat(FR). She coaches private sessions as well. Her own practice for body therapy is located in Amsterdam.
She is committed to bridging art and therapy as a path where creativity and inter-personal growth meet. http://www.jihaebodywork.com