Piece for 6/7 Performers

Duration: 50min
Premiered on 23 April 2022 at The House – University of Plymouth

“a swirling portrayal of the exhaustion of exile.” The Guardian

Concept and Choreography: Dam Van Huynh
Sound environment composition: Martyna Poznańska
Vocal improvisations: Elaine Mitchener
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
Original cast: Marta Masiero, Ieva Navickaite
Texts by Thich Nhat Hanh, Trinh T. Min-ha, Mitsuye Yamada, Audre Lorde, Ocean Vuong
Photography: Foteini Christophilopoulou / Brett Lockwood

“Let me begin again.” Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

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.

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Audre Lorde, A Burst of Light

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
With further support from University of Plymouth and Centre 151

★★★★★ To Do List
“This is a performance which pushes at the boundaries of what dance can be, and there is a thrilling sense of danger in the way the cast (…) allow their bodies to twist and turn with abandon.”

Interviews

London Live
Dam Van Huynh is interviewed on TV by London Live ahead of the London Premiere of Re:birth at The Place.

Dance Art Journal
“Everything about my existence – the fact that I’m speaking through the form of dance and making artwork – is all political because I come from a displacement due to political implications.”

Run Riot
“I think the most important lesson I have learnt through the years is the notion of narrative and re-narrative. To be able to find and narrate my own path and story rather than let others define me, has helped me to liberate my creative thinking, giving me a wider scope of approaches towards making work that interests me (…)”

Upcoming performances: Re:birth

Previous dates:
20 April 2022 – The Old Fire Station – Oxford
23 April 2022 – The House – University of Plymouth
25 April 2022 – Exeter Phoenix
27 April 2022 – Colchester Arts Centre
30 November 2022 – Lancaster Arts
23 March 2023 – The Arts Centre, Edge Hill Universisty
10-11 November 2023 – 3:3 Våningen – Gothenburg, Sweden
Part of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art
14 November 2023 – The Place, London

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.”

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

Production pictures by Brett Lockwood