With LAUNCH:LA, L.A. Dance Project supports Los Angeles’s emerging dance makers by lifting the economic burden that goes into the creation of a new work.
Often, the cost of creating and performing new dance far exceeds any compensation the artist may receive from a performance of their work—if they get compensated at all.
We believe that it is these practical costs, not talent or ability, that act as roadblocks for artists just beginning their careers.
LAUNCH:LA is designed to ease those burdens. Our selected artists are provided the space, time, monetary support, and platform to have their work seen and celebrated by a wider audience.
Our goal is to champion the next generation of dance creators.
INTRODUCING OUR 2022 LAUNCH:LA RESIDENT ARTISTS: TALIHA ABDIEL and DAEUN JUNG
DaEun Jung is a dancer-choreographer whose work reveals her past and present body memories. Jung’s work has been supported by venues and organizations including REDCAT, LA Performance Practice, Pieter, Electric Lodge, Highways, Movement Research at the Judson Church (NY), and Korea Foundation (Seoul). She has been awarded artist-in-residencies from University of Nevada Reno, Brockus Project Dance, and LA Dance Project at 2245.
A master artist of the 2019 Alliance for California Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and 2019-2020 Cultural Trailblazer of City of Los Angeles Department Cultural Affairs, Jung redefines the principle, form, and structure of Korean dance in inter/multi-cultural settings as a continuation of her graduate study at UCLA where she received her MFA in choreography and Westfield Emerging Artist Award. Previously, she performed in Asia, Europe, and North America as a dancer of Gyeonggido Dance Company in South Korea. Having six years of specialized training in dance through the Gugak National Middle/High School as a recipient of the National Theatre of Korea Award, she obtained a BA in dance from Ewha Womans University in Seoul.
Photo: Hazel Choo