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Olivia Hyunsin Kim, formerly known as Hyunsin Liv Kim, comes from a non-traditional dance background involving a self-taught Lambada education at age 4 which she practiced on the streets of Siegen, a small no-to-spectacle-university-town in Germany. After she forgot her moves in Lambada, she tried her performing skills in several Speech Competitions. Her most successful gig was being dressed up as a radio, singing “Imagine” from John Lennon and well, talking about world peace. Then she went on to finish her BA in Literature with a focus in International Relations at Seoul National University. While studying, she was involved in the Performance Scene in Seoul, Korea.

After some turbulent happenings, she decided to become a choreographer and since then works mainly in Germany, the U.K. and South-Korea. Her work mainly focuses on identity and memory, especially the influence of memory in identity construction. To make it even more of a mingle of East and West, she plays with the visible/invisible and reality/fiction. The DIY (Do-It-Yourself) spirit is always a core of her work. Her works range from dancey dance to film and installation.

She started with Hula Dance and Theatre at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and then went on to study contemporary dance at Tanzfabrik Berlin and Falmouth University (Dartington College of Arts). She finished the Master in Choreography and Performance(CuP) at the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies Gießen and Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts(HfMDK) summa cum laude. She has been a recipient of several institutions such as DAAD, Seoul National University and danceweb at Impulstanz Vienna 2017.

Since 2016 she founded the peformance band “The Kill Joys” with Magda Drozd, guitar, synthesizer and drum machine. For more information, please visit


Her works have been shown at Sophiensaele (Berlin), Uferstudios (Berlin), Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Yeulmaru (Yeosu), Performance Center (Falmouth) and many more. She has been participating at festivals such as Tanznacht 2012, Ausufern/Tanz im August 2013, Yeosu International Art Festival 2014, Tanztage Berlin 2016, Aua Wir Leben Festival 2017, Zürcher Theaterspektakel 2017, Tanzfestival Rhein-Main 2017 among others.

◀But wait……What’s ddanddara?

“ddanddara(딴따라)” is a Korean word for artists or entertainers. People say this word has been derived from the sound of a trumpet (try it out and speak it out loud). However, the origin is not that clear. It depicts artists as “non-serious beings”, usually in a negative way. However, I want to overcome its negativity and find the potential inside: I want to have fun, fun with myself, fun with you, fun with them and fun with us. A moment of freedom in a freaking world! ddanddarakim is a lose network of people I know and work with.