'ĐẸP' - Dam Van Huynh Company
Choreography: Dam Van Huynh
Sound Environment: Martyna Poznańska
Lighting: Antony Hateley
Photography: Pari Naderi, Brendan Bell, Barry Lewis
Performed by: Paul Davies, Marc Krause, Marta Masiero, Ieva Navickaite, TommasoPetrolo, Frank Wilson
“The living need light and the dead need music” – Vietnamese proverb
Đẹp is the Vietnamese word for beautiful. With his latest dance work, the UK based choreographer Dam Van Huynh explores influences from his South East 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 depicts a ritualistic and meditative trance with no beginning and no end.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Research supported by Centre 151, Canterbury Christ Church University, Homotopia, NSCD,LCDS, Bath Spa University, The Place.