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Asian artists dance together in Hanoi

Asian dancers will perform together at the show Dance Dance Asia — Crossing the Movements 2019 at the Vietnam Youth Theatre in Hanoi.

 

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Five dancers from Japan, Laotian, Thailand and Vietnam perform in the dance How It Will Be If.... Let's Dance. Photo coutersy of Japan Foundation

 

The show features three dances by choreographers Vietnamese 3T (whose real name Pham Khanh Linh), Thai Nikii and Japanese kEnkEn.

From Vietnam, dancer choreographer 3T has prepared a 45-minute dance entitled Sẽ Thế Nào Nếu... Nhưng Thôi Cứ Nhảy Đi (How It Will Be If... Let's Dance).

The dance combines hip hop's B-boy and contemporary dance. The idea came to Linh when he went to Japan for the first time in 2015 at the invitation of Japan Foundation to take part in the Dance Dance Asia project.

"There are many prejudices in Asian society that men are the bread-winner in a family," said Linh. "When I saw Japanese men who were exhausted after working on public transport I felt sorry for them like others in Asian countries.

"I want to raise voice for male dancers and help them to have position in Asian society."

The dance will feature five performers including Vietnamese Cancel; Thai Cheno, Lao C-Lil, Japanese Gen Roc and Sakyo.

The music is written by Japanese SNG and also includes Diễm Xưa (Diễm, My Cherished Old Flame) from the album Trịnh Contemporary by Vietnamese composer Ha Le.

Choreographer Nikii introduces Inception - Dream In Dream In Dream... at the show. It combines hip hop, pop and martial arts to tell the stories of dancers. Each individual pursues their own dream and faces the pressure of giving up dancing.

The dance is accompanied by Thai beat boxer Wadafu*k. The performers are dancers from Japan, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Free-Style dance by Japanese kEnkEn features performers from the Philippines, Japan, and Singapore. It is performance by talented dancers performing different genres of hip hop, jazz, contemporary and vogue.

The artists were in Tokyo together in two months for rehearsal. They also had a successful performance in the Japanese capital last July.

Launched in 2014, Dance Dance Asia showcases Asian street dance talents. It aims to promote cultural exchange in Asia through the medium of street dance, one of the most exciting and innovative forms of performing arts today.

Dance Dance Asia has staged performances and tours 15 times in nine cities in Asia.

The show begins at 7.30pm on Friday and 3.30pm on Saturday at 11 Ngo Thi Nham Street. Free tickets can be picked up at the Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, 27 Quang Trung Street.

The show is not suitable for children under six.

After Hanoi, the show will be held in Bangkok on November 1 and 2.VNS

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