Invertigo showcases a new dance film – Illuminate – as a featured performer in Culver City’s holiday celebration & tree-lighting on December 10th, 2020. The event is free, virtual, and open to the public.
Illuminate Dance Film
Created by Artistic Director, Laura Karlin. Featuring dancers Hyosun Choi, Ray Ejiofor, Corina Kinnear, and Nadia Maryam. Composers are Diana Lynn and Jajeeb Sabour. Executive produced by Rebecca Baillie. Film is produced by Matt Stoelt of Stoelt Productions. Directors of Photography are Michael and Amanda of Quick Brown Fox.
See how you too can be part of Illuminate:
Company Artist: Hyosun Choi
Hyosun Choi began dancing at the age of 4, mimicking her parents during their ballroom dance classes. Afterwards, she went to a Korean cultural dance school and quickly mastered the Korean drums, fans, and swords. At 7, she was winning National and Regional Ballroom Dance Competitions, including the Grand Prix. Due to family concerns that she might continue on the route to becoming a professional dancer, Hyosun quite dance for a decade to focus on her schooling.After graduating as high school valedictorian, Hyosun attended USC on a scholarship with acceptance to their accelerated pre-pharmacy program. In 3 years, she graduated USC with a B.A in Biology and a minor in Cinema. During her last year, Hyosun joined USC’s Jazz II Dance Company.Hyosun began recreationally dancing at EDGE Performing Arts Center as she secretly pursued professional acting. Surrendering to family pressure, she went to New York Law School. In New York, she took open classes at Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Center (BDC) and STEPS. BDC’s faculty teacher, Ginger Cox, invited her to join LiNK Dance Company. This launched her professional dance career. Hyosun currently dances with Invertigo Dance Theatre, LACDC, and Iris Company. She is a certified trainer in the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Methods, works as a Corporate Trainer at Bank of Hope, is admitted to the State Bar in CA and NY, plays cello, piano, and guitar, composes music, and reads books. Now and then, she sleeps. She is very happy.
Company Artist: Corina Kinnear
Corina Kinnear started her training at her mother’s studio Parker Dance Academy, and then at International Ballet School. She continued in San Francisco, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet and Dominican University, as well as her certification as a Gyrotonic® instructor. Since, she has danced and toured as a performing artist and choreographer with companies in Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, Colorado, San Francisco, and throughout Europe including Invertigo Dance Theatre, the Deutche Oper Ballet, LA Opera, MiMoDa, Gibson Muriva Dance Company, Deutche Fernsehballet, The Movement Movement, Apex Contemporary Dance Theatre, Arrogant Elbow, and creating work in residencies at PARTS in Brussels, the CND in Paris, TanzFabrik in Berlin, and for the Oydessy Theatre Dance Festival.
Invited Guest Artist: Nadia Maryam Muhammad
Nadia Maryam Muhammad, a graduate of California Institute of the Arts, started dancing at Nevada Ballet Theater at the age of four. She later took part in a pre-professional company at Bunker Dance Center and continued her focus on dance in high school at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, where she found that she most enjoyed training in modern and contemporary techniques. She has also trained in ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, and hip-hop styles. Nadia has had the opportunity to study with a variety of world renowned teachers and choreographers, including Peter Chu, Jermaine Spivey, Spenser Theberge, Medhi Walerski, Faustin Linyekula, Travis Wall, Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh, Summer Lee Rhatigan, Tom Weinberger and Okwui Okpokwasili. In 2017 she received the opportunity to study under the direction of Ailey II’s artistic director, learning and performing a portion of Alvin Ailey’s Streams. In 2018, Muhammad was given the chance to learn and perform Ohad Naharin’s Decadance under the direction of Tom Weinberger and Bobbie Jene Smith. And more recently, she was granted the chance to learn Jiri Kylian’s Falling Angels from former NDT member, Fiona Lummis, and perform it at RedCat Theater in Los Angeles, CA. In 2019, allow an easement, a choreographic work Nadia developed with Kayla Aguila was adapted into a dance film created in collaboration with Audrey Collette and Simon Gulergun. The film remains successful in its achievement of being projected, and awarded for its quality at the Hammer Museum. Nadia Maryam is active and consistent in her mission to capture the visceral beauty of emotion and sensitivity using a multi-disciplinary vessel of text and movement. In merging humanity, physicality, and balancing sensations such as effort and pleasure, she believes the work created and performed can challenge boundaries of self, colleagues, and interpreters.