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Korean choreographer promotes culture via dance
Phi Vu
Wednesday,  Mar 7, 2018,23:16 (GMT+7)

Korean choreographer promotes culture via dance

Phi Vu

Korean choreographer Chun Yoo Oh, who has been living and working in HCMC for more than a decade, has expressed her interest in holding multiple dancing events to help strengthen mutual understanding and cultural exchanges between the Vietnamese and the Koreans.

Chun told the Daily last week that dancing has been an indispensable part of her life in Vietnam over the years as it has helped her overcome the loneliness of an expat like her and language and cultural barriers. However, such difficulties have led her to do some dance works.

“Dancing is my great passion as I used to work as a dancing professor at Seowon University in South Korea in the 1990s. Furthermore, using the art of dancing to promote mutual understanding of the cultures and peoples between Vietnam and Korea is my dream when I live in Vietnam,” she said.

In fact, she has devoted her time, money and effort to creating high-quality dance shows for Vietnamese audiences in recent years. She has gained popularity among city and foreign audiences for her famous concerts such as “Promise to 800” (800 nam hen uoc), Arirang Saigon and Cross-Bow at the Opera House through her cooperation with the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO).

Chun said at a news conference on the Spring-Summer 2018 season of HBSO that “Kieu Story” contemporary dance, inspired by “The Tale of Kieu” masterpiece by great poet Nguyen Du, is one of the new projects she has cherished for more than one year.

“The Vietnamese masterpiece has touched my heart about the sorrowful fate of Kieu,” she said, so it urges her to carry out a dance show for the masterpiece.

The dance show, expected to hit the stage on March 10-11 at the Opera House, will not delve into the tragic fate of Kieu but a humanitarian and beautiful message on the bright future of women in modern society.

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