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.

further information: https://ddanddarakim.net/2019/09/09/say-my-name-say-my-name/