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.
Say My Name, Say My Name
Queer visions of coexisting with artificial intelligences
world premiere: Sophiensaele, Berlin, 12th September 2019
Artistic Direction, Choreography,Performance: Olivia Hyunsin Kim
Performance: Zwoisy Mears-Clarke/Ji Hye Chung, Dash, Cozmo, Alexa, Spherobolt and more
Sound environment: Martyna Poznańska
Light, video: Jones Seitz
Mis-En-Scène: Kristin Gerwien
Dramaturgy, Production Management: Melmun Bajarchuu
Dramaturgy Korea: Jaelee Kim
Production Korea: Jinyoung Shin
Assistance: why elliy
In the mid-1980s, Donna Haraway predicted that hybridized beings called cyborgs would overcome sexism and racism. Today, we see that Siri and Alexa, as artificial everyday assistants, are still being ordered to do “care work”, while their male-voiced counterparts are being used in medicine and finance. Time for a reboot: Artificial intelligences,
gender fluid robots, and (humanoid) dancers of Color come together, to create their own scenarios for coexisting across species.
A production of Olivia Hyunsin Kim/ddanddarakim. Supported by the Capital Cultural Fund, the Cultural Office Frankfurt am Main, Arts Council Korea, Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Hessische Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst and schloss bröllin e.V., supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the district of Vorpommern-Greifswald. With the support of c-base, Tanzfabrik Berlin, TATWERK | Performative Forschung and Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte.