Kathak Dancer & Tabla Player
An exuberant dancer whose musicality transforms her dancing
Rhythm artist Jin Won explores the sonic and visual possibilities of rhythm through dance and music.
An accomplished kathak dancer and tabla player of South Korean origin, Won spent over 15 years in India training in Indian classical percussion and dance under Pandit Divyang Vakil and Shrimati Shubha Desai, respectively.
While equally adept at traditional and contemporary presentations of kathak and tabla, Won’s latest endeavours are explorations of rhythm as a unifier across cultural expressions. Since moving to the United States in early 2010’s, Won has collaborated with Korean and Arabic traditional artists and incorporated a multitude of percussion instruments from around the world into her work.
She is an embodiment of pure rhythm, irresistible as she is versatile.
exuberant dancer [who] is as a much a musician as a dancer. Ms. Won’s musicality transformed her dancing into something primal. The tension between wildness and control was a hallmark of Ms. Won.
With great presentation, she showed (compositions like) thaat and uthan and different parts of Kathak dance. With the rhythm of tabla, the tapping of her feet created magic.
split-second precision, crisp spins, and clean footwork.
“Every culture has different customs and traditions, but every human being feels the same thing.”
– Jin Won
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