Europe-Asia contemporary dance festival to open

Tuesday, 2017-09-19 18:12:12
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Director of Goethe Institute Vietnam Wilfried Eckstein at the press conference
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NDO - The Europe meets Asia in Contemporary Dance Festival, take place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from September 20 to October 14, with the aim of promoting contemporary dance in Vietnam, expanding international cooperation and bringing people into dialogue with each other.

The remark was made by Director of Goethe Institute Vietnam Wilfried Eckstein, who is Chief Organiser of the dance festival ‘Europe meets Asia in Contemporary Dance’ 2017, at a press conference held in Hanoi on September 19.

“Dance is an important artistic medium worldwide. It is an artistic language which tells stories, expresses mental and emotional conditions in our life, and gives us new perspectives. Topics and techniques, feelings and thoughts, creative energy and perseverance are expressed”, he said.

Launched in 2011, the festival is an initiative of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), held in collaboration with the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet (VNBO) and the Goethe Institute.

This year’s event will present audiences with two exciting Vietnamese productions by the Wintercearig Project and the Arabesque dance company; and four dance performances by artists from Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland and Canada.

The intoxicating dance work, The Burrow (Der Bau), created by Berlin-based choreographer Isabelle Schad and French visual artist Laurent Goldring, will open the festival on September 20 at 8p.m at the Youth Theatre in Hanoi. The work is inspired by Franz Kafka’s unfinished novella of the same title, which is about a mole-like creature, digging an elaborate system of tunnels that it has built over the course of its lifetime.

Especially, this year’s works also will be performed at Hoan Kiem Lake pedestrian-only zone, L’Espace French Cultural Centre and Vincom Contemporary Arts Centre in Hanoi, in addition to the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City Dance College, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre and Nguyen Hue pedestrian square.

Under the framework of the festival, the festival is expected to feature three exhibitions themed “Dance and Body.”, which will help the audience to understand more about contemporary dance.