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Korean choreographer to bring popular dance show back on stage

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Korean choreographer to bring popular dance show back on stage

Hoang Phong

A historical dance performance titled “Promise to 800”, or “800 nam hen uoc” in Vietnamese, arranged by Korean choreographer Chun Yoo Oh will be revived at the Opera House in HCMC’s District 1 from November 10 to 12 to open the forthcoming HCMC-Gyeongju World Cultural Festival 2017.

The show, highlighting the growing and fruitful relationship between Vietnam and Korea, depicts a story about Ly Long Tuong, the last prince of the Ly dynasty of Vietnam, who took on a boat trip with his relatives to escape extermination after a coup d’etat and took shelter in the kingdom of Goryeo (present-day Korea) in 1226.

With great courage and determination, he assisted people in the kingdom in fighting against the Mongolian army. Ly Long Tuong was appointed a general and his children were also high-ranking mandarins.

After nearly 800 years, there have been around 2,000 descendants of the Ly dynasty living in Korea but they always make journeys back to Vietnam to find their roots. 

The performance, directed by Jung Sun Goo, is expected to have the presence of local drama actor Bui Nhu Lai, German musician/pianist Peter Schindler, ballet artist Tran Hoang Yen and young dancer Sung A Lung, who won the gold medal of the 2016 Young Talent Choreographer competition.

Since its debut in December 2015, the performance has heaped praise from not only local audiences but also the foreign community residing and working in the city owing to unique historical and cultural values conveyed in the show.  

Choreographer/businesswoman Chun Yoo Oh has been living in HCMC for more than ten years and expressed her wish to contribute to her second home many dancing events to help enhance mutual understanding and boost cultural exchanges between the two peoples.

Previously, she invested her own money in three concerts, “Into the time” featuring the Ensemble Sinawi, one of the leading traditional music troupes from Korea, at the HCMC Conservatory of Music in 2013, and “Arirang Saigon” dance show honoring the images of mothers and women by her performances as well as artists from Mulmatdol troupe from Korea and the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) at the Opera House in 2014, and a dancing performance entitled “Cay no” (Cross-Bow) telling the love story of My Chau and Trong Thuy at the Opera House in 2015.

Meanwhile, local drama actor Bui Nhu Lai has performed for more than 10 years in the country and has also bagged multiple awards in China, Egypt, Thailand and Cambodia.

German composer/pianist Peter Schindler has created numerous soundtracks for TV dramas, and musical plays. He is also a leader of SaltaCello jazz band which has gained popularity in Korea.

The Opera House is located at 7 Lam Son Square in District 1, HCMC. Free tickets can be collected at the venue.

The HCMC-Gyeongju world cultural festival is slated to last 23 days from November 11 to December 3 in celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and South Korea.

Apart from the dance performance, a variety of art exhibitions, fashion shows, art programs and sporting events will be made available within the framework of the festival.

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