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Vietnamese and South Korean dancers to perform at Saigon Opera House
By Minh Tuan
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Vietnamese and South Korean dancers to perform at Saigon Opera House

By Minh Tuan

Dancers are seen a practice session for the “120 We Are Approaching” show - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER

HCMC - Contemporary dance show “120 We Are Approaching” featuring Vietnamese and South Korean dancers will take place at the Saigon Opera House on September 24, starting at 8 p.m.

The show is a joint effort between South Korea’s Daegu City Dance Company (DCDC) and HCMC-based Arabesque.

According to professional dancer and choreographer Nguyen Tan Loc from Arabesque, dancers from the two countries have practiced together for a couple of months to ensure perfect harmony, smoothness and fluency.

“We create the show to promote cultural exchange between South Korea and Vietnam through contemporary dances and bring them closer to Vietnamese audiences,” said award-winning choreographer Kim Sungyong, art director of DCDC.

“We choose the number 120 because 120 minutes is the time zone difference between the two countries and 120 years is the age of the Saigon Opera House. Through this number, we want to deliver the message that despite the time zone difference, geographical distance and cultural differences, arts, particularly dance, will bring people together.”

The show will feature two parts. In the first part called “A Boy in The Tree,” DCDC and Arabesque dancers will perform together as if they are being embraced by a tree – a tree of contemporary dance.

“We share the secrets from the bottom of our hearts. When all the wounds of the soul have been healed, we intertwine into a tree, into a dance,” Kim Sungyong said.

The second part, “The Gift”, is a present that the group prepares for Vietnamese audiences. This is a present of love despite the barriers of distance, language, and time, a present of arts with music and dance, and a present of emotion and connection.

In addition to the one and only night on September 24, Arabesque and DCDC will hold a workshop on contemporary dance for professional dancers hosted by choreographer Kim Sungyong on September 22 and another workshop on stage lighting design hosted by lighting director Song Young Kyeon on September 25.

Tickets can be booked via hotline 0938 697 254 from now on or purchased directly at the Saigon Opera House, 7 Cong Truong Lam Son, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCMC on September 23 and 24.

Founded in 2005, Arabesque works towards promoting Vietnamese culture and image to the world through the language of dance as well as bringing international dance culture to Vietnam.  Arabesque is one of the pioneers in cultural exchange in the country by hosting the HCMC International Dance Festival.

Daegu City Dance Company was established in 1981. It is the first national and public modern dance troupe in South Korea that has actively engaged in activities including two performances per year and numerous projects and special performances.

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