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HBSO to stage contemporary dance work

By Bradley Winterton

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HCMC – The ballet division of HBSO will stage Hoang Hon (Sunset) at the Saigon Opera House today, September 15, at 8 p.m.

Sunset is the work of HBSO’s two resident choreographers, Nguyen Phuc Hai and Nguyen Phuc Hung. They have previously been responsible for such contemporary dance works as Kieu Dance, Touching the Past, and Fragments of Dreams.

The work is about war, but not its horror and suffering so much as the pity surrounding everyone concerned. It is part of the celebrations marking HBSO’s 30th anniversary.

Strong emotions will be depicted in a work that is divided into three parts, Hope, Love, and Sunset Eyes. The focus will be on the background to war, and its causes, rather than its pain.

As well as a large cast of dancers, Sunset will feature two HBSO singers, Duyen Nguyet and Pham Trang.

Meritorious Artist Tran Hoang Yen, normally a dancer, will join the choreographing team. As for the leading dancers, they will be Dang Minh Hien, Sung A Lung and Do Hoang Khang Ninh.

Dang Minh Hien starred in Nutcracker, Ballet Suite Carmen and Ballet Kieu. He once reached the top eight in the So You Think You Can Dance Vietnam competition.

Sung A Lung has starred in many productions including Falling Angels, Nutcracker and as Tu Ba in the Ballet Kieu. In 2016 he won the Gold Medal in the National Young Choreography Competition.

Do Hoang Khang Ninh was Clara in Nutcracker, Giselle in the ballet Giselle, Thuy Van in Ballet Kieu, and one of the three dancers in Falling Angels. She was especially sponsored to study dance in Norway.

The music for Sunset is by Vu Viet Anh, also responsible for the music of Ballet Kieu.

This single performance is sure to attract a large audience. HBSO will in addition revive Giselle for two performances in October.

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