ĐẸP

VAN HUYNH COMPANY (GB/VN)

concept and choreography DAM VAN HUYNH

Performers Paul Davies, Marc Krause, Marta Masiero, Ieva Navickaite, Tommaso Petrolo, Marley Seville

Sound environment composition Martyna Poznańska

Lighting Antony Hateley

duration 55’

This work contains full frontal nudity

 

Đẹp is the Vietnamese word for beautiful. With his latest dance work, the UK based

choreographer Dam Van Huynh explores influences from his Southeast Asian heritage. In

Vietnamese culture, death is also a form of rebirth. When a person dies, the family and

community enact rituals that will enable the deceased to pass into another realm, a higher

state of being.

The work sees a shift in Van Huynh's movement language as it delves ever deeper into

the nature of the human condition. The dancers in ĐẸP are nude for a purpose. Fragile

and vulnerable, their nudity literally strips them bare. Disrobed, free of distraction, their

movement begins at the point where the mind transcends the physical self. Amplified and

tracked by Martyna Poznanska's numinous score, the movement in ĐẸP invites the

audience to let go, reaching ever closer to the feeling of being alive.

 

Originally from Southern Vietnam, Dam Van Huynh is a UK based dancer/choreographer. As a

child refugee, his family and he fled Vietnam after the war and settled in the USA where Dam was

raised. Dam graduated from The Boston Conservatory and has worked as a performer with various

companies and choreographers including The Nevada Ballet, Merce Cunningham, Portugal’s

Companhia de Dança Contemporânea - CeDeCe, Richard Alston and Phoenix Dance Theatre. He

founded his company in 2008 and is now also artistic director of Centre 151 in London, where his company is based. From the very beginning, his work was distinctive and reflected his deep interest in redefining the body and its movement capability. He was a Place Prize finalist and a Resident Artist at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2010/12.

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