Current Fellows

Won-sun Choi, PhD in Dance History and Theory UCR and MA in Dance Ewha Women's University Seoul, is the founder and artistic director of Born Dance Company. She is a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and a certified Successor of Korean Traditional Dance. Ms. Choi has performed numerous Korean creative dance pieces as a performer and choreographer in Kim Young-hee MUT Dance Company in Korea until 1999. Since she moved to the U.S. in 2000, Ms. Choi and her company have received grants from Korean Ministry of culture, Sports and Tourism, Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles, Ford Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Unknown Theater, Seong Family Cultural Grant, and the Departments of Dance, Music, and Asian Studies in UC, Riverside. During her tenure as byped visitng fellow (July 2010-June 2011) she will be working on a research project entitled Under the Shadow of the Official Version of Salpuri-chum and Moonhwajae Bohobeob, addressing historical and political aspects of Korean dance traditions.

Sue Roginski, teacher, choreographer, and performer, resides in Riverside, California. She graduated in 2007 from UC Riverside with an MFA in Dance. During the past few years, she has had the opportunity to perform and present work at Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica), Society of Dance History Scholars (conferences ’08 and ’09), Anatomy Riot (LA), AB Miller High School (Fontana), Unknown Theater (LA), The Haven Café and Gallery (Banning), UCR Dance Department’s “Back Track Dance” (colloquium series‘10), Mt. San Jacinto College, and Riverside City College. Sue has been improvising with Susan Rose and Dancers since 2005, and will travel to NY and Boston with the company this June. She teaches dance at MSJC, RCC, and Norco College, and recently embarked on the creation of P.L.A.C.E. Performance Co-op with friend and colleague Julie Freeman. This particular collective works to provide space, place, and possibility for dancers and choreographers in the Inland Empire.

As a Byped Fellow Sue Rogisnki will be developing solo project, a highly collaborative work documenting the creation of six solos for Megan Fowler, Chloë Freeman, Marvin Rivas, Rosa Rodriguez, Kijai Salimu, and Alexis A Weisbrod. Improvisation and set choreography are woven together as the six soloists incorporate “in the moment” compositional elements in order to invite the audience into this particular process. Puncturing the preciousness of the choreographer’s role while simultaneously honoring that role, Roginski hands over much of the project’s crafting to the performers. Live music by Gabriel Hartman of Shoppy accompanies the work as performers move throughout the downstairs space at Culver Center of the Arts in downtown Riverside.

Dr. Zulkifli bin Mohamad (aka Zubin Mohamad), Fulbright scholar and Culver Arts Research Lab artist, is a dance choreographer, performer, scholar, curator, and cultural columnist from Malaysia, based in Kuala Lumpur. He has taught dance theatre, cultural management, performing arts studies, cultural studies and critical thought at the Universiti  Malaysia Sarawak in Borneo, the University of Malaya and the National Arts Academy of Malaysia on full-time basis. He was senior specialist for Performing Arts at the Southeast Asian Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts in Bangkok and senior officer for Culture, Tourism and Communication at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat in Jakarta. 

Zulkifli has received various awards and grants in performance and cultural research that include a Fulbright Scholars Program/Ford Foundation Asia Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Southeast Asian Young Islamic Scholar grant, as well as being named a Brown University International Advanced Research Institutes scholar, and UNESCO's Artisan of Southeast Asia.  Other awards were received from the Chulalongkorn University Southeast Asian Studies Regional Exchange, British Council, Australian High Commissioner, Goethe Institute, Toyota Foundation, Sasson Foundation, Sarawak Government (Research and Development) and UCLA and UC Riverside travel awards.

He has performed at the Tokyo International Arts Festival, London International Theatre Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Berlin's Spirit Festival, Bangkok Fringe Festival and performances in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, USA, UK, and Spain. In 2008 he initiated and curated the Kuala Lumpur Fringe Festival, a new festival in Malaysia for dance, theatre, film and music, now in the third year. Currently (September 2010-January 2011), he is a Fulbright Fellow at the UCR Dance Department undertaking his research on "Tradition-Based Contemporary", investigating Asian cultural tradition in the construction of post-modern choreography.