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

Previous dates:
8 July 2014 – Premiere, Théâtre Le Quai / CNDC Angers, WDA Global Summit, France
6 November 2014 – St George’s Bloomsbury, NEXUS, London
17 November 2014 – Warsawy Theatre, Zawirowania International Choreography Competition, Warsaw, Poland
19 November 2014 – Centre for Contemporary Arts, Ujazdowski Castle, Zawirowania International Choreography Competition, Warsaw, Poland
15-16 April 2015 – National Theatre Veles, Dance Fest Skopje, Macedonia
10-11 June 2015 – Klub Zak, Gdansk Festiwal Tanca, Poland
25 June 2015 – Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej, Zawirowania International Dance Theatre Festival, Warsaw, Poland
21 October – 4 November 2015 – MASDANZA Festival, Spain
27-28 November 2015 – Jerusalem International Dance Week, Jerusalem Theatre, Israel
8-9 October 2016 – AURA International Dance Festival, Kaunas, Lithuania
13 February 2017 – Canterbury Christ Church University, UK