Soo Yeun You
Soo Yeun trained in Korean traditional dance in Korea. She has performed at the Lincoln Centre, New York, the American Museum of Natural History and Battery Park, and toured in Canada and Spain. Immigrating to Australia on a 'Distinguished Talent' visa in 2002 she has a Post-Graduate Diploma of Choreography from VCA, University of Melbourne and completed a Master of Choreography there in 2010.
Soo Yeun founded Company MIJI with Hamish Flecther (puppetry director) and Philippe Pasquier (sonic artist) in 2007. MIJI's work draws on interactive arts and Asian philosophy to infuse Australia's already diverse contemporary dance with new cultural forms.
Reliquary is MIJI's first project with Indigenous choreographer Gina Rings. The project, about the connection between the Australian Indigenous Dreaming and Korean Shamanism (Ausdance SA 2007, Dancehouse, 2007, fortyfivedownstairs 2007, Northcote Town Hall 2008) was recently presented at the 2009 International Indigenous Dreaming Festival.
Soo Yeun's work has received grant support from Arts Victoria and the Australia Council. She has been part of assessment panels for Arts Victoria and her latest solo performance Gyu Bang ga sa was performed in Melbourne and her choreographed work Stanza was presented in Melbourne in September 2009.
Soo Yeun has performed in a range of projects including: Resonance I&II (VCA Melbourne 2004), Traces (Melbourne Fringe Festival 2005), Ray of Glass Needles (Melbourne Next Wave Festival 2006), with P:Media Arts from Quebec Canada, The Dance Card (Dancehouse, Melbourne 2006), Studies in Being Human (Bagryana Popov - Dancehouse 2006), Cherry Orchard (Bagryana Popov - fortyfivedownstairs 2007) and Ball (Terrain Festival at the Dancehouse, 2008).
Hamish was a founding member of Kneehigh puppeteers in 1995, he studied acting at VCA and went on to work in the props department of SOCOG and perform in the Sydney Olympics opening and closing ceremonies as an aerialist and stilt walker. During his postgraduate diploma in puppetry (2004) he also completed an artist in residence program at the Melbourne Aquarium and later studied briefly under Philippe Genty and Mary Underwood. 2005 saw him spend most of the year in Japan designing part of the Australia day celebrations at the World Expo (Aichi) and stage-managing the outdoor artist program for the Australian Pavilion. He has worked as an Assistant Director in puppetry for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games opening ceremony and was also a member of the Prop making team for the event. He was performer and co-creator of "Men of Steel", a cooking-based puppetry show in Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which won the Festival Directors award and received of a 5 star review from the Age. Men of steel has subsequently toured to Edinburgh and Dublin Fringe Festivals, and toured to London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Perth, Auckland, Seoul, Adelaide and Japan. Recently he worked as a puppetry consultant and performer in Windmill Theatre's production of The Wizard of Oz, whilst also studying a Masters in Puppetry at the VCA, During which he began development on "Love Monster". He is currently working for ABC Childrens Television on "Giggle and Hoot" playing Hoot the owl.
Philippe Pasquier is Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University's School of Interactive Arts and Technology. He is both a scientist specialized in artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction and a multi-disciplinary artist. During the last decade, he has been acting as a performer, director, composer, producer, sound designer and teacher in many different contexts. He is serving or has served as a member or administrator of several artistic collectives (Robonom, Phylm, MIJI), art centers (Avatar, Bus Gallery) and artistic organizations (P: Media art, Machines, Vancouver New Music) in Europe, Canada and Australia. His work has been shown on four continents and funded and supported by more than 20 cultural institutions including the Canadian Council for the Arts, the French Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication and the Australian Council for the Art. For more information on Philippe, please visit his personal website at www.sfu.ca/pasquier, or his lab website at www.metacreation.net.