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