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Japanese-Korean Jija Sohn studied Applied Linguistics in the USA before deciding to change direction and focus on performance art.
In 2015, she graduated from the School of New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam and was the first choreographer to be selected for the Moving Forward process.
During this process, she developed the production Geisha’s miracle (2016) – an intelligently layered exploration of femininity and play with tradition that embraces the modern age with complete commitment.
In 2017 Jija Sohn was selected for the ‘3package deal’, enabling her to work on her –slightly autobiographic- new piece.
In Kyabajo (2018), she enlarges the Japanese hostess, and by doing this dives deeper into questions regarding identity and empowerment. In her work, Jija Sohn investigates how cultural diversity can be transformed into a universal value. She is interested in the moment at which different realities violently collide.
In 2017, she was awarded by Young Fund Amsterdam. http://youngartfundamsterdam.nl/
2017-2019 she was selected for the international Gender Bender project.
Since 2013, she has worked as a performer in Ivo Dimchev’s X-on, matanicola’s bodySLANGuage, Fernando Belfiore’s DEU$/exM4CHIN and Oneka Von Schrader's SuperDance. She has performed in several venues and festivals, such as ImPulsTanz Vienna, Black Box Theatre Oslo, Theatre Freiburg, Stadsschouwburg Brugge, Work Space Brussels, Frascati Amsterdam, Veem Theatre and Dansmakers Amsterdam.