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Vietnam, French and Belgian artists set to stage gig dance Saturday
Nguyen Quy
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Vietnam, French and Belgian artists set to stage gig dance Saturday

Nguyen Quy

Consul General of France in HCMC Vincent Floreani briefs reporters on the “Urban Distortion” dance show at a press conference in HCMC’s District 1 - PHOTO: HOANG PHONG

The French-Belgian dance troupe T.r.a.n.s.i.t.s.c.a.p.e. will join hands with the female Vietnamese rap star Suboi to stage a contemporary gig dance called “Urban Distortion” at 8 p.m. on October 14 at the HCMC Opera House in District 1, HCMC.

As part of the Europe meets Asia in Contemporary Dance Festival which is taking place simultaneously in Hanoi and HCMC until this Saturday, the upcoming dance piece, performed by renowned artists from France, Belgium and Vietnam, is a harmonious combination of dance, music and visual arts with an aim to promote cross-cultural understanding as well as convey the message of building a better world.

The performance is a joint effort of the artists from the dance crew and Vietnamese dancer Do Xuyen Nhu, promising to bring to local and international audiences a new artistic experience of the fresh breath of contemporary dances combined with traditional dancing moves of Vietnam and Africa.

Speaking at a press conference last week at the French Consul General’s residence in HCMC, Consul General of France in HCMC Vincent Floreani said he is pleased to see the fruitful collaboration between the French Institute in HCMC and the Wallonie-Bruxelles delegation, Kenzo and Air France to bring an exotic art performance to city dwellers, thus contributing to enhance cultural exchanges and deepen growing ties between Vietnam and France.

In an talk with The Saigon Times Daily, the French consul general noted the dance performance not only helps participating artists to gain an insight into unique artistic and cultural features of other countries but also highlights cross-cultural collaboration and understanding among Vietnamese, French and Belgian artists.

He is pinning high hopes the French Institute in HCMC will organize more similar artistic shows in the city in the coming time to introduce French historical and cultural features to the Vietnamese community, and expects the forthcoming show would lure a huge number of city audiences and those from abroad.

Notably, Vietnamese renowned rapper Suboi and young musician Teddy Chilla are hoped to take the city stage with lively music performances at the event.

Born and brought up in Vietnam, Suboi shot to fame as a popular rapper thanks to her talents and stringent efforts. With great passion and strong dedication to music, the 27-year-old artist has gained striking achievements in the international music industry and performed at music festivals worldwide.

The dance piece “Urban Distortions”, which was created by two French artists and the founders of the dance troupe T.r.a.n.s.i.t.c.a.p.e - Pierre​ ​Larauza​ and Emmanuelle​ ​Vincent, made its first public appearance within the framework of the Festival d’Avignon 2010. Since then, the dance show has been introduced to other parts of the world over the years.

The two French artists said in an email interview with the Daily that it is a great pleasure for the dance troupe to work with Vietnamese artists such as dancer Do Xuyen Nhu and famous rapper Suboi in the special dance performance in an effort to convey cross-cultural values and meaningful messages to the public, adding that they are eager to join forces with many local artists for the cultural exchange projects in the future.

Following the dance show this Saturday at the City Opera House, there will be a contemporary art exhibition slated for December at the HCMC Museum of Fine Arts as the fruit of collaboration between artists of the dance troupe with Vietnamese Belgian artist Thy Nguyen Truong Minh.

As an initiative of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), the Europe meets Asia in Contemporary Dance Festival is organized in partnership with the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet (VNBO), and the Goethe Institute.

The festival has since 2011 heaped praise from the media and the public, and contributed to promoting the art of contemporary dance in Vietnam and boosting cultural exchanges between local and international artists.

Tickets to the upcoming show are on sale at, with prices ranging from VND100,000 (US$4.4) to VND450,000. 

The HCMC Opera House is located at 7 Lam Son Square in HCMC’s District 1.

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