Sung-Im Her obtained a master’s degree in contemporary dance at Hansung University in 2003. In 2004, she moved to Brussels, Belgium to study at P.A.R.T.S., contemporary dance school led by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
After graduating in 2006, she started working with Jan Fabre/Troubleyn for the solo Quando l’uomo principale è une donna and the group work Je Suis Sang.
In 2008, she joined Les ballets C de la B to collaborate on and perform in the work Ashes.
In 2009, Sung-Im Her started collaborating with Needcompany. Since then, she has collaborated on and performed in many creations of Needcompany’s Grace Ellen Barkey and Jan Lauwers as a dancer, choreographer and/or choreographic director: This door is too small (for a bear) (2009), The House of our Fathers (2010), Marketplace 76 (2012), Mush-Room (2013), Odd but True (2013), Just for Bolzano (2014), All Tomorrow’s Parties (2014), Time Between Two Mistakes (2014), Begin the Beguine (2017), PIE (2019) and Intolleranza 1960 (2021).
In 2011, she also joined the Belgian physical theatre company Abattoir Fermé as a performer in the piece Monkey. In 2015, she choreographed the dance piece NYMF, for which Abattoir Fermé received the Critics Award for Dance Piece of the Year 2015 in South-Korea. Later, she also performed in Abattoir Fermé’s BUKO (2016) and Hotel Poseidon (2019).
In 2019, Sung-Im Her took up the role of choreographic director during the production of Trois Contes by Opéra de Lille in Lille, France.
However, already in 2012, Sung-Im Her also began creating works of her own, starting with Philia (2012), En-trance (2013) and Tuning (2014). In 2016, she moved to London and was selected for Testbeds Catalyst, a year-long programme for mid-career artists.
In 2019, she created two new works: NUTCRUSHER and W.A.Y. Both works were commissioned by the Korean Arts Council and premiered at the ARKO Arts Theater in Seoul. NUTCRUSHER was selected for Aerowaves’ Twenty21, presented in Belgium, Netherland, Luxembourg, UK, Korea during pandemic and this year, presented in Edinburgh Fringe as a part of Horizon Showcase, Dance Base Festival.
Currently, she is working on a new creation Everything falls dramatic for Korean National Contemporary Dance Company (KNCDC).
Landscape header image by SangHoon OK.
Portrait image by Maria Chandra.