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WHITE WAVE Dance Artistic Director, Young Soon Kim to receive 2023 Bessies Angel Honoree Award

WHITE WAVE Dance Artistic Director, Young Soon Kim to receive 2023 Bessies Angel Honoree Award




New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
111 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY, 10023, NYC


Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 6:30pm




WHITE WAVE Dance is proud to announce that its artistic director, Young Soon Kim is among The Bessies 2023 Angel Honorees, alongside adrienne maree brown, Gus Solomons jr, and Lane Harwell. The New York Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies, are awarded to individuals who have made an immeasurable impact on the dance and performance field through their crucial contributions as a result of continued dedication and support. The award will be presented at the Bessies Angel Party at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY, 10023, NYC on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 from 6:30pm-9pm.

The Bessies is honoring dance and performance on an even deeper level as they move forward, to recognize the steadfast players who have long dedicated their careers and lives to the field of dance. Having followed Young Soon Kim's work and contributions to the field, the Bessies will celebrate the significance of their accomplishments and all they continue to strive for the artform: from 22 years of presenting the Dumbo Dance Festival, to supporting small dance companies and emerging artists, to their support of dance in Brooklyn and beyond.


Event Schedule:

6:30PM Cocktail Hour

7:00PM Hors D'oeuvres

8:00PM Presentation of Angel Award to Honorees

Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bessies-2023-angel-party-tickets-667911038897?aff=oddtdtcreator

WHITE WAVE Dance will perform excerpts from one of our signature works, "Eternal NOW" which premièred at BAM's Fisher stage in 2014, was recorded under a Jerome Robbins grant, and was inducted into the permanent collection right here the NY Public Library for the Preforming Arts at Lincoln Center!


About the Artist

Young Soon Kim, Artistic Director of WHITE WAVE Dance, is a nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographer, whose work has been hailed for its exhilarating, visually stunning, and emotionally rich phrases and textures.

In addition to her role as a performer and Artistic Director, Ms. Kim created a series of dance festivals soon after inaugurating the WHITE WAVE John Ryan Theater in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in 2001. She has since become one of the most recognized producers/curators in NYC and has also served as a juror for NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Ms. Kim and Company performed at BAM Fisher, Joyce Theater, Kennedy Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob's Pillow, American Dance Festival, 1988 Summer Olympics World Dance Festival (Korea), just to name a few. In June 2021, the Korean Arts Council, which manages the archive for famous artists, chose Young Soon as the first active Artist outside of Korea in all genres inducted into the archive.

Recently, her short film “iyouuswe II, A Dance Film,” an adaptation of WHITE WAVE’s "iyouuswe" (read as I-You-Us-We-two) which first premiered in 2017 at the 2017 La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival, was selected as finalist for the 2022 Cannes International Film Festival, Paris International Short Festival, Vancouver Independent Film Festival and an OFFICIAL SELECTION at the 2021 London International Short Film Festival, Espoo Digi-Dance International Film Festival (Finland) and Experimental, Dance, Music Film Festival (Canada).


“There are people who simply have a lot of energy, and the Korean-born choreographer Young Soon Kim is clearly one of them.” – Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times

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