Jae Man Joo (born 1972) is the Associate Artistic Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. He is a Ballet Master, Choreographer, Photographer, Princess Grace Award Recipient (2009)
Early life and education
Born in South Korea , Joo He started classical ballet training at UM Ballet studio in his native Korea,where he also studied modern dance and Korean traditional dance and he graduated Dankook University, South Korea.
He studied dance under teachers, Young-Ja Um, Wan-Soon Yook Eun-Me Ahn, Ae-Soon Ahn, Byung-Hee Choi, Soo-Nam Song, Hae-Jung Kim, and Igal Perry.
After graduating from Dankook University he danced with a wide range of Korean dance companies including the Korea Contemporary Dance Company. Before moving to New York City in 1996, he received the Best Individual Dance Award from the Bagnolet International Choreographer Festival in Paris, France. He has worked with Zvi Gotheiner, Igal Perry, Ballet Hispanico, Shen Wei and Michele Elliman, among others. He choreographed his First solo work, “Sorrow”(Frank Schubert), for a showing at Dance Theater Workshop in 2004. The Korea Modern Dance Museum invited Mr. Joo to choreograph and perform his second solo work, “Duet” (Jules Massenet) during their 2006 festival. In 2007 his premiered his work for Complexions Contemporary Ballet “Tears” (Sergei Rachmaninoff) in 2008 “Surface” (Claude Debussy) , in 2009 “Atmosphere”(J.S.Bach) and in 2012 "Flight" (J.S Bach) which opened at New York’s Joyce Theater.
He is a recipient of 2009 Princess Grace Award for Excellence in choreography.
Starting in 1999 during his off hours he started taking photographs as a hobby and it has developed into a more serious undertaking throughout the years to the point where now his abstract landscape and dance photographs are commercially available. In the past few years he has done all of the portraits of the dance company artists. since 2009 he photographed for Complexions season campaign. Joo also has done many costume design for the dance company. with Mr.Dwight Rhoden & Mr.Desmond Richardson Joo started worldwide education project "CODE3- 3 Artistic Director's Education & Movement creation project "
In 2011, he was appointed to the position of Associate Artistic Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.