the then + the now = nowtime at Ruhrtriennale

the then + the now = nowtime at Ruhrtriennale

Wednesday 9 September 2020, 8pm at Maschinenhaus, Essen

Commissioned by and first performed at Maerzmusik in 2019, Mitchener brings this work to the Ruhrtriennale Festival with her collaborator Dam Van Huynh.

the then + the now = now time is an artistic quest to politicize the past, undoing and unsettling time and space using music and movement. Born in East London to Jamaican parents, Mitchener’s artistic work as a vocalist, movement artist and composer is permeated by the awareness of past and present forms of discrimination, post-colonial wounds and their effects on humanity. “We will inhabit a concept of remembering as an act of responsibility. An act that in turn is ultimately liberating and healing.” Elaine Mitchener

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Dance Bridges Festival 2019

Dance Bridges Festival 2019

We are delighted to announce the 3rd edition of Kolkata’s (India) biennial Dance Bridges Festival. Associate Director of the Festival, Dam Van Huynh will lead a residency, creating a new work with local performers alongside Van Huynh Company artists.
This edition’s theme “The Sense of Intimacy” reflects a wide range of shows connecting audiences to personal stories from artists around the world. We will explore performances in unconventional settings and bring the viewers closer to the performers to create a space for unique and personal encounters.

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Rauschenberg Residency, Florida – USA

Rauschenberg Residency, Florida – USA

Dam will attend the Artist in Residence programme August 10 – September 11 2020 joined by long term collaborator Elaine Mitchener.

There’s nothing in my mind before I start a work. There is no pre-conception, there’s no sense of something having to be of a certain quality. That’s my adventure; moving into some unknown territory so that I can surprise myself.” Robert Rauschenberg, 1995


the then + the now = nowtime at MaerzMusik

the then + the now = nowtime at MaerzMusik

Monday 25 March 2019, 9pm at silent green Kulturquartier

Commissioned by MaerzMusik – Festival für Zeitfragen, collaborator Elaine Mitchener will premiere her new solo work the then + the now = now time. Elaine has invited Dam Van Huynh to choreograph her new piece.

the then + the now = now time is an exploration of Walter Benjamin’s notion of “Eingedenken” – a historical consciousness in which the past is not understood and glorified as something closed and complete; a form of remembering that emphasizes the past’s relentless presence. Against the mediating, conciliatory thrust of Erinnerung (memory), Eingedenken remains true to suffering in the past by refusing reconciliation with past wrongs.

“We will inhabit a concept of remembering as an act of responsibility. An act that in turn is ultimately liberating and healing.”
Elaine Mitchener

Concept & Music: Elaine Mitchener
Direction & Choreography: Dam Van Huynh
Lighting Design: Antony Hateley
Studio Technician: Ben Marc
Production Assistance: Tommaso Petrolo

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Open Professional Class with Van Huynh Co

Open Professional Class with Van Huynh Co

As Van Huynh Company embarks on a new creation, we invite dancers to join our morning classes:

4, 5, 6, 7, 8 February
11, 12, 14, 15 February
Time: 09:30-11:00

Centre 151
151 Whiston Road
E2 8BL

Fee: £6
First come, first served

Classes will be led by Dam Van Huynh / artists of the company / guest artists.

ĐẸP – Spring Tour 2019

ĐẸP – Spring Tour 2019

Thursday 28 February | Axis Arts Centre 19:30
www.axisartscentre.org.uk – 0161 247 5302


Wednesday 6 March | Lancaster Arts 20:00
www.lancasterarts.org – 01524 594151


Wednesday 13 March | Colchester Arts Centre 20:00
www.colchesterartscentre.com – 01206 500900


Thursday 14 March | Exeter Phoenix 20:00
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk – 01392 667080


Thursday 21 March | The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University 19:30
www.edgehill.ac.uk/artscentre –  01695 584480


Friday 3 May | Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan – Italy 21:30
Saturday 4 May | Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan – Italy 20:00
Part of Festival del Silenzio


Van Huynh Co acclaimed at The Fringe

Van Huynh Co acclaimed at The Fringe

DEP by Dam Van Huynh was presented at Edinburgh Fringe Festival from 3rd until 18th August 2018 at ZOO Southside. The work received a great response from audiences during our 14 performances, collected excellent reviews and won an Asian Arts Award for best directing. 

Winner of the Asian Arts Award for Best Directing 2018

★★★★ The Observer

“We, and the dancers, are forcefully confronted with our frailty, but also, ultimately, with our capacity for regeneration. Life goes on.”

★★★★ Seeing Dance

“A powerful work with a terrible beauty all of its own.”

★★★★ Broadway Baby

“A raw and visceral production that transcends the need for verbal communication, ĐẸP looks behind closed doors and stands defiantly in its appreciation of human fragility.”

Feature in the Guardian

“throughout Dep, I am on the edge of my seat.”

Sweet Tooth On Tour

Sweet Tooth On Tour

SWEET TOOTH marks the culmination of five years’ research by vocalist Elaine Mitchener into our love of sugar and the historical links between the UK sugar industry and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Dam Van Huynh was invited as Movement Director for the work which was successfully premiered at Bluecoat, Liverpool in November 2017.

SWEET TOOTH will be next presented in London and Southampton on 22 and 23 February.

More info and tickets: www.elainemitchener.com

Metamorphosis Method Workshop

Metamorphosis Method Workshop

Van Huynh Company invites Iratxe Ansa and Igor Bacovich to deliver a week long Dance Intensive at Centre 151.

Iratxe and Igor bring their internationally renown Metamorphosis Method, a physical and dynamically challenging movement exploration practice.

Metamorphosis is a process of transformation and growth. It is a process of maturing, whereby dancers become artists. This method leads dancers on a path that calls for disciplined, focused and intelligent hard work. It encourages creativity through guided exploration – a nurtured and trusted environment where artistic knowledge is transferred and explored.

Iratxe Ansa is a former dancer with Nederlands Dans Theater, Compañia Nacional de Danza, Lyon Opera Ballet, Ballet Basel, Ballet Gulbenkian.

Igor Bacovich is a former dancer with Bruno Listopad, Krisztina de Chatel, Nanine Linning.

More info and registration: www.centre151.com

Metamorphosis Method Workshop

Introducing Dance Bridges Festival

Introducing Dance Bridges Festival

We are delighted to introduce the second edition of Dance Bridges Festival. In 2016, Dam Van Huynh was appointed Co-Director of Dance Bridges Festival alongside Festival Director Vanessa Maria Mirza, committing to further support this truly special project. Dance Bridges Festival is an international dance festival with an emphasis on building artistic and cultural exchanges between international and local dance artists, showcasing and promoting cutting-edge and exciting contemporary choreography through live performances and film screenings.

We are extremely proud to present this year’s programme with 70 artists from 17 countries visiting Kolkata to present their work and lead workshops for local artists and audience members. Van Huynh Company will also lead the Choreographic Residency over two weeks with local and international dancers leading to a final presentation of the work in progress as part of a Site specific performance at Daga Nikunj. We will also present a Duet “Under This Weight” as well as some of our repertoire in collaboration with artists of the Festival (Crossover Project).

Please join us in Kolkata between 22-29 August to share some time with us in this unique city and discover some truly special artists.

Introducing Dance Bridges Festival