In Realness

In Realness

Solo

Duration: 50min
Premieres on 13-14 May 2022 at Rich Mix - London

From the award winning director of ĐẸP
"throughout ĐẸP, I am on the edge of my seat.” The Guardian
★★★★ The Observer

Concept and Choreography: Dam Van Huynh
Performance: Tommaso Petrolo
Composer: Ian Tang
Lighting Design: Patricia Roldán Polo
Costume Design: Emma Lyth
Sound Engineer: Michael Picknett
Photography: Rocio Chacon

In Realness is an artistic collage of sounds, collected texts, and movement references which stand in resistance of the status quo. Dam Van Huynh, as a queer Vietnamese artist, opposes stereotypes of Asian politics as being quiet and internal. He embodies through his piece a dissent from prejudices and inequality and its effects on our society.

Desmond Tutu said 'if you are neutral in the face of injustice, you are on the side of the oppressor'. Remembering such words lifts us out of silence and stirs up collective activism and collective care. Individual voices, brought together, create a body of resistance against oppressive norms and behaviours, amplifying our resilience, building unity and communicative power.

Supported by Centre 151


Paul Davies

Paul Davies

Paul trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating with a First Class Degree in 2015. He went on to complete an apprenticeship with Motionhouse Dance Theatre, touring over ...

Laura Kenyon

Laura Kenyon

Originally from France, Laura (she/her) is a London based and international contemporary dancer and yoga teacher with a Flamenco and partner acrobatic background. Laura completed her Dance degree at Kingston ...

Sound Barrier (Vietnam + UK): Video collection from Vietnam Team 2

Sound Barrier (Vietnam + UK): Video collection from Vietnam Team 2


Re:birth

Re:birth

Piece for 7 Performers

Duration: 50min
Previews on 20 April 2022 at The Old Fire Station - Oxford

From the award winning director of ĐẸP
"throughout ĐẸP, I am on the edge of my seat.” The Guardian
★★★★ The Observer

Spring Tour 2022

Wednesday 20 April, 7.30pm – The Old Fire Station – Oxford
Saturday 23 April, 7.30pm - The House - University of Plymouth
Monday 25 April, 8pm – Exeter Phoenix
Wednesday 27 April, 8pm – Colchester Arts Centre

Concept and Choreography: Dam Van Huynh
Sound environment composition: Martyna Poznańska
Costume Design: Emma Lyth
Lighting Design: Patricia Roldán Polo
Sound Engineer: Michael Picknett
Performers: Paul Davies, Laura Kenyon, Marc Krause, Wai Shan Vivian Luk, Elaine Mitchener, Tommaso Petrolo, Marley Seville
Photography: Foteini Christofilopoulou

“Let me begin again.” Ocean Vuong

Dam Van Huynh draws upon the words of writers, poets, activists as an awakening to his displaced experience as a child refugee from the Vietnam war. Moving from a state of disorientation into a state of consciousness, Re:birth retraces a personal experience of rediscovery.

The performance unravels a recollection of visual impressions and sensations, a memory book whose pictures and stories long forgotten begin to resurface, a distortion between memories and dreams. Movement responds to a field of light, sound and voice to illude the senses.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
With further support from Centre 151

Winner of the Asian Arts Award for Best Direction 2018

From the award winning creator of ĐẸP

★★★★ The Observer
"We, and the dancers are forcefully confronted with our frailty, but also, ultimately, with our capacity for regeneration. Life goes on."

Feature in the Guardian
"throughout Dep, I am on the edge of my seat."


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 Direction 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


Glam

Glam

Outdoor Piece for 5/6 Performers

Duration: 30min
Premiere 3-4 July 2021 at Hat Fair - Winchester

The most glamorous version of yourself

 

A collaboration between Etta Ermini Dance Theatre & Van Huynh Company

Direction: Etta Ermini, Dam Van Huynh
Dramaturgy: Etta Ermini
Choreography: Dam Van Huynh
Dance Captain: Tommaso Petrolo
Costumes and Set: Emma Lyth
Music Arrangement: Tommaso Petrolo
Performers: Hugh Cho, Paul Davies, Laura Kenyon, Tommaso Petrolo, Kennet Robertsen, Xanthe Wilson
Photography: Foteini Christophilopoulou

Glam is a 30min vibrant dance and circus cabaret, a humorous outdoor street performance celebrating fabulousness. Audience members are encouraged to join in the fun to dance with the cast in this gloriously fast paced show of acrobatics, hand to hand, disco, feathers, glitter and glamorous make-up!

This colourful performance highlights the power of bringing people together through dance, popular music and invites each of us to celebrate the most fabulous part of ourselves. Inspired by club culture and the journey of the LGBTQ+ community, Glam is accessible to all ages and backgrounds.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
With further support from Hat Fair, Canterbury Christ Church University and Centre 151

Feedback

“In a surprise to no one, I loved Glam! It kicked out the joy we have all been missing.” Audience member

“I hope that you caught a glimpse of the sheer joy the show brought to our audiences – of all ages. It was definitely one of the hits of the festival.” Andrew Loretto, Hat Fair and Playmakers Director

Today’s Hat Fair highlight: Etta Ermini and Van Huynh Company’s wonderful Glam. Somewhere between dance, comedy, theatre, acrobatics, drag and tumbling. Absolutely wonderful.” Audience member

“Glam was out of this world!! Yes to all the queens out there. Thank you for being a powerful voice!” Audience member

Previous dates

Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 July 2021
Hat Fair - Winchester

Saturday 11 September 2021
Whirligig, Theatre Orchard - Weston-super-Mare

Saturday 26 September 2021
Journeys – Festival of Dance, De La Warr Pavilion Terrace - Bexhill-on-Sea

Sunday 10 October 2021
MÓTUS, Middleton Hall, Centre MK - Milton Keynes

Glam at Hat Fair


On Being Human as Praxis

On Being Human as Praxis

Piece for Vocalist, Dancers and Music Ensemble Duration: 60min Premiered on 16 October 2020 at Realschule, große Sporthalle – Donaueschingen, Germany

Under This Weight

Under This Weight

Piece for 18 Performers

Duration: 20min
Premiered on 18 November 2016 at HKAPA Lyric Theatre - Hong Kong

Choreography: Dam Van Huynh
Music: Martyna Poznańska
Lighting: Alice Kwong
Costume Designer: Stacy Ip Wing-kwan
Set Designer: Stephanie Lee
Performed by: HKAPA Ensemble

Under this weight is part of Dam Van Huynh's series of works in which he explores the many facets of the self: the physical form and the fragile self, stripped of inhibitions. This piece sees a shift in the artist’s choreographic language delving into universally shared themes on the human condition. Under this weight exposes human reactions when under pressure through expressionistic gestures and emotional form, be it a mental or physical pressure: endurance, resistance, surrender. The work displays a continuous shift between equal forces creating an intense and surreal atmosphere.

Commissioned by The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Previous dates:
18-19 November 2016 – HKAPA Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong
9-10 February 2017 – The Place Theatre, London, UK
13 June 2017 - The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, UK
25 August 2017 - G.D. Birla Sabhagar, Kolkata, India
8-11 November 2018 - Boston Conservatory Theater, USA
9, 10, 16 November 2018 - Booker T. Washington HSPVA, USA

Under This Weight (Duet)
24 August 2017 - G.D. Birla Sabhagar, Kolkata, India
14 November 2017, Teatro OCampo, Festival Morelos Tierra de Encuentro, Cuernavaca, Mexico
15 November 2017 – Teatro Complejo Cultural BUAP, Festival Morelos Tierra de Encuentro, Puebla, Mexico
19 November 2017 – Centro Cultural Teopanzolco, Festival Morelos Tierra de Encuentro, Cuernavaca, Mexico
27 September 2018 - Shanghai Magnolia Theatre, Dance Stages Festival, China


Mưa

Mưa

Piece for 1 vocalist, 1 puppeteer and 1 dancer

Duration: 10min
Premiered on 24 February 2017 at Institute of Contemporary Arts - London
Part of Various Stages Festival
Commissioned by Mahogany Opera

Director/Choreographer – Dam Van Huynh
Composer – Dai Fujikura
Puppeteer – Oliver James Hymans
Vocalist – Elaine Mitchener
Dancer – Tommaso Petrolo

Inspired by Vietnamese water puppetry, Mưa is a ‘movement opera’ turning an age-old practice into a modern form. Múa rối nước, literally ‘making puppets dance on water’, is a tradition dating back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam.

Setting the space for Mưa is a miniaturised theatre filled with water. The characters appear under different identities as performers, puppets or apparitions.

The people who created water puppetry were farmers: when the rice fields would flood, the villagers would entertain each other using this form of play. Such tradition is deep rooted in Vietnamese popular culture evoking themes of countryside.

This is the backdrop of Mưa, looking at a world long gone from our 21st-century perspective. As the world changes and evolves, artists and scientists find new ways to understand it. Mưa endeavours to examine life experience through music, movement and a 1,000 year-old tradition originated in the deepest rural areas of Vietnam.