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
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.