Peggy Myo-Young Choy’s lifetime of dance has become a means to frame and navigate the dangerous times in which we live. While life and our environment can inform dance, Choy also examines the converse, that dance can inform our life and environment. Join Professor Choy for a live discussion of her own dance stories—both spoken and performed.
Choy’s dance alchemy of focused mind and moving body is fueled by Asian dance, martial arts, as well as urban vernacular dance forms. Choy’s seminal solos include, “Comfort Woman” and “Wild Rice.” She has also created solos around the themes—“Sea Series” and “Blood Series.” Her women-centered stories created since the mid-1990s, integrate her foundations in Korean dance, Javanese dance, and martial arts.
Choy is an associate professor of Dance and Asian-American Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison and is director of PEGGY CHOY DANCE company. Choy has performed around the world—at New York’s Dance Theater Workshop, La Mama E.T.C., and Alvin Ailey Studio, DC’s Kennedy Center, Dance Place and the Smithsonian Institution, Kennedy Theater in Honolulu, Utan Kayu in Jakarta, Seoul Art Center in Korea, Danza Teatro Retazos in Havana, and Baráčnická Rychta in Prague, and the Korean Cultural Center in Berlin.
Choy's national and international awards include an NEA/Atlantic Center for the Arts fellowship, Danspace Project's Commissioning Initiative, Princeton and Cornell University commissions, and commissions from the Kintari Foundation, Seoul Selection, and Cafe Intarsia.
This work was supported by the Core University Program for Korean Studies through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2016-OLU-2240001).