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Đẹp

Đẹp

Piece for 6 Performers

Duration: 55min
Premiered on 2 June 2017 at Rich Mix - London

"Pina Bausch meets Bill Viola, then along comes Dam Van Huynh. An intense, beautiful and profound work once seen never forgotten."
- Eighteen London

Choreography: Dam Van Huynh
Music: Martyna Poznańska
Lighting: Antony Hateley
Photography: Pari Naderi, Brendan Bell, Barry Lewis
Performed by: Paul Davies, Marc Krause, Marta Masiero, Ieva Navickaite, Tommaso Petrolo, Marley Seville

“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 invites the audience to let go, reaching ever closer to the feeling of being alive.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
With further support by Centre 151, Citymoves Dance Agency, Canterbury Christ Church University

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, Dep 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."

Upcoming Performances: ĐẸP

Previous dates:
2 & 3 June 2017 – Premiere, Rich Mix London
9 November 2017 – Homotopia Festival, Liverpool
25 & 26 November 2017 – Centro Cultural Los Talleres, Mexico City
7-9 December 2017 – Teatro Ocampo, Cuernavaca – Mexico
3 February 2018 – Canterbury Chirst Church University
3-18 August 2018 – ZOO Southside, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
24-25 Aug 2018 – 3:e Våningen, Gothenburg Dance & Theatre Festival - Sweden
11-12 October 2018 - The Lemon Tree, DanceLive Festival, Aberdeen - Scotland
28 February 2019 - Axis Arts Centre, Crewe
6 March 2019 - Lancaster Arts, Lancaster
13 March 2019 - Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
14 March 2019 - Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
21 March 2019 - The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk
3-4 May 2019 - Festival del Silenzio, Milan - Italy


Of Leonardo da Vinci

Of Leonardo da Vinci

Piece for 1 perfomer

Duration: 50min
Premiered on 15th September 2015 at Nasjonal jazzscene
Part of Ultima Contemporary Music Festival - Oslo, Norway

Vocalist: Elaine Mitchener
Music & libretto: David Toop - music & libretto
Film: Barry Lewis
Direction and choreography: Dam Van Huynh
Lighting: Antony Hateley

The idea for a semi-improvised opera was borne during Elaine Mitchener’s artist residency in Venice under the auspices of Fondazione Claudio Buziol and Muziektheater Transparant in 2010.

Of Leonardo da Vinci is the fruit of that residency, a collaboration between improv legend, sound artist and author David Toop, respected vocalist/improviser Elaine Mitchener, acclaimed photographer/film maker Barry Lewis, and making his operatic directorial debut, Dam Van Huynh.

Together they have created a contemporary opera that intricately melds music, sound art, image and movement to explore space, inviting audiences into a unique and intimate realm of disturbing beauty.

Commissioned by Ultima Festival.
Original concept supported by Fondazione Claudio Buziol– Venice, Muziektheater Transparant - Antwerp in collaboration with Teatro Fondamenta Nuove – Venice.

Elaine Mitchener - Vocalist
www.elainemitchener.com

David Toop - Composer
www.davidtoopblog.com

Barry Lewis - Film
www.barrylewisphotography.com

Previous dates:
4 September 2018 - Purcell Room, Southbank Centre – London
10 November 2017 - Sound Festival – Aberdeen
26 October 2016 - SPILL Festival of Performance – Ipswich
15 September 2015 - ULTIMA Festival – Oslo, Norway


Đẹp (Solo)

Đẹp (Solo)

Piece for 1 Performer

Duration: 10min
Premiered on 6 November 2014 at St Georges’ Bloomsbury - London
First Prize at Zawirowania International Choreography Competition 2014

Choreography: Dam Van Huynh
Music: Martyna Poznańska
Photography: Dominik Kotowski
Performed by Ieva Navickaite

“The living need light and the dead need music” - Vietnamese proverb

Đẹp - Vietnamese word for “beautiful” - questions cultures and their relation with death. Infused with Vietnamese funeral chants, the work explores traditional ideas of rebirth. In Vietnam the family and community help the dead to pass into the other world. Đẹp depicts this emotional journey through stages of grief from initial resistance to final surrender. The purpose is not to bury the deceased, but to send them off on their journey to the immortal world.

Martyna Poznańska - Composer
www.martynapoznanska.com


The Nude Voice

The Nude Voice

Duration: 20min
Premiered on 21 June 2016 at Wellcome Collection - London

Choreographer Dam Van Huynh and Vocal artist Elaine Mitchener present The Nude Voice – a devised work in which they explore the dynamic and challenges of vocal movement art.

The Nude Voice forms part of current research through which the artists explore the many facets of nudity. The work probes the voice — this most individual and intimate of instruments — using time as a tool to mould and remove the notion of inhibition and choice in vocal production. The spontaneous voice will be experienced in a vulnerable and exposed state of sound, open and ‘naked’.

Deliberate movement serves as a counterpoint, revealing the body in a microscopic light, drawing the viewer’s attention to the smallest detail. Through slow perpetual motion and a seeming stillness, the movement is disrobed from distraction, gradually revealing its inner mechanisms and resonance.

Visitors encounter this ceremonial activity presented over the space of 20mins; a folding and unfolding, a reawakening of space, time and sound.


Groovething

Groovething

Piece for 9 perfomers

Duration: 60min
Premiered on Thursday 14 February 2013 at Teatro de la Danza - Centro Cultural del Bosque - Mexico City

Commissioned by CEPRODAC
Artistic Director: Raúl Parrao

Choreography: Dam Van Huynh
Rehearsal Director: Edgar Pol
Music: Jamie Hamilton
Lighting Design: Xóchitl González
Photography: CEPRODAC INBA/México, Dirección Raúl Parrao / La Marmota Azul
Performed by CEPRODAC Dalel Bacre, Juan Madero, Kenya Murillo, Yuridia Ortega, Edith Pérez, Ricardo Rodríguez, Irasema Sánchez, Arturo Serrano, Raúl Tamez

Groovething is a look on cultural heritage, what makes us unique and what unites us. Celebrating freedom of speech and expression for a better understanding of our roots. The ultimate discovery hides in the unravelling of one’s origins. Exploring the past to better understand the present.

CEPRODAC
www.ceprodac.com

Jamie Hamilton - Composer
www.jamiehamilton.net

La Marmota Azul - Photographer
www.lamarmotaazul.com


Gesundheit

Gesundheit

Piece for 3 performers and 1 live musician

Duration: 50min
Premiered at Dance Live Festival on 16th October 2014

Choreography: Dam Van Huynh
Music: Jamie Hamilton
Original text and vocal improvisation: Elaine Mitchener
Dramaturgy: Dan Ayling
Lighting:
Antony Hateley
Performers: Dom Czapski, Elaine Mitchener, Dam Van Huynh
Mentor: Adam Benjamin

Gesundheit! is an intimate gathering of individuals coming from different paths of life. Stepping in and stripping off conventions, the performers invite you to join in the circle for a 360 degree experience of dance, music and spoken word.

A raw, honest and unbridled meeting point, this intense encounter takes the audience into a unique world where three characters explore and unravel their relationship.

Co-produced by Step Out Arts
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Co-commissioned by DanceLive Festival with further support from VLC Community Centre, The Place and Rich Mix

Initial R&D phase supported by Dance United and Plymouth University with further support from Déda

Jamie Hamilton - Composer
www.jamiehamilton.net

Elaine Mitchener - Vocalist
www.elainemitchener.com

Robert Piwko - Photographer
www.robertpiwko.com

Previous dates:
16 October 2014 - Premiere - Dance Live, Aberdeen
30 January 2015 - Rich Mix, London
18 April 2015 - The Black-E, Liverpool
30 April 2015 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre

R&D
7 June 2013 - Rich Mix, London
19 April 2013 - University of Plymouth
5 April 2013 - Déda, Derby


ma ma ma… Mambo!

ma ma ma… Mambo!

Piece for 12 dancers

Duration: 40min
Premiered on Friday 22 June 2012 at Sheung Wan Civic Centre

Commissioned and Produced by Unlock Dancing Plaza
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Choreography: Dam Van Huynh
Rehearsal Director: Cho Yi
Set and Costume: Wong Kin Wai, Jan
Music: Jamie Hamilton
Lighting: Chan Kwan Chi, Samuel
Sound: Sze Ka Yan
Photography: Elsie Chau

Performed by Unlock Dancing Plaza and HKAPA Dance Ensemble CHIU Wing Tung, Malvina TAM Mei Wah, Tracy WONG Choi Si, Cliff HUEN Tin Yeung, Christy LEUNG Chui Ying, LIM Wei Wei, CHAN Chi Cheng, Hugh CHO Tak Po, Jessica CHEUNG Tin Wing, LI Yong Jing, Kenneth HUI Ka Chung, MAO wei

Sometimes there is nothing left to do except shake your body and boogie!

Unlock Dancing Plaza
www.unlock.com.hk

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
www.hkapa.edu

Jamie Hamilton - Composer
www.jamiehamilton.net


Now Illuminated

Now Illuminated

Piece for 9 dancers

Duration: 20min
Premiered on the Friday 4 May 2012 at the Lyric Theatre - HKAPA

Commissioned by The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts - HKAPA
Part of the Artist-in-Residence position scheme

Choreography: Dam Van Huynh
Rehearsal Director: Cho Yi
Set and Costume: Sam Au
Music: Jamie Hamilton
Lighting: Law Man-wai
Sound: Ho Man-him

Performed by Academy Dance Ensemble Jessica Cheung Tin-wing, Deng Jierui, Li Tuokun, Chew Zi-xin, Huen Tin-yeung, Mak Yuen-yi, Chiu Wing-tung, Hui Ka-chun, Mao Wei

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
www.hkapa.edu

Jamie Hamilton - Composer
www.jamiehamilton.net


[Black Square]

[Black Square]

Piece for 14-21 dancers

Duration: 30min
Premiered on Friday 15 April 2011 at the Lyric Theatre - HKAPA

Commissioned by The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts - HKAPA
Part of the Artist-in-Residence position scheme

Rehearsal Director: Cho Yi
Set and Costume: Bacchus Lee
Music: Jamie Hamilton
Lighting: Cal Ho Fu-lung

Performed by Academy Dance Ensemble Chan Chi-cheng, Vivian Chan Yee-ting, Tracy Chan Yuen-ting, Vonnie Chau Man-yee, Jessica Cheung Tin-wing, Karen Chiu Wing-tung, Cliff Huen Tin-yeung, Rita Kwong Lai-yin, Christy Leung Chui-ying, Li Cheng, Evains Lui Yuen-wai, Mao Wei, Kathy Mui Hoi-ting, Joseph Ngan Kin-fai, Su Ying, Tan Yaguangcun, Wang Ruochen, Wong Choi-si, Janet Wu Wing-yan, Katie Yau Ka-hei, Zhou Yun

Stirring up the space to reveal new dimensions: taking the audience to the core of the experience. The work begins with a solid form until the dancers invade the stage to gradually break and shatter the space.

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
www.hkapa.edu

Jamie Hamilton - Composer
www.jamiehamilton.net


Collision

Collision

Piece for 3 performers

Duration: 15 min.
Created in Septembre 2008, commissioned by The Place Prize and sponsored by Bloomberg

This piece received the audience choice every night for ten nights.

Choreography: Dam Van Huynh
Dancers: Dam Van Huynh, David Mack, Franklyn Lee
Music: Lee J Malcolm
Lighting: Helen Cain
Costume: Silvestre Sanchez Strattner
Costume maker: Lorna Clayton
Photography: Yolanda Yorke-Edgell, Benedict Johnson

Collision represents a male trio challenging the elements. In a tense atmosphere, the dancers appear on a stage plunged into the shade to defend their individuality.

Lee J Malcolm - Composer
www.soundcloud.com/lee-j-malcolm

Benedict Johnson - Photographer
www.benedictjohnson.com