Ballerina Thu Hue: Ballet helps me discover myself

Forbes Vietnam magazine has announced the “Top 30 Under 30” list to honour the most influential faces in the country, including artist Thu Hue from the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet Theatre (VNOB) for her impressive contributions in 2019.

The great success of the ballet “Swan Lake” witnessed the significant contribution of the young artist. However, for her, the journey to conquer the peaks has just begun.

Ballerina Thu Hue: Ballet helps me discover myself

Ballerina Thu Hue

Congratulations to Thu Hue for your presence in the “Top 30 Under 30” list by Forbes Vietnam magazine. Were you surprised with this result?

I am very happy and surprised to be ranked in the same list with other prominent people in different fields. It was an honour and great motivation for me and my colleagues to nurture our passion for ballet. I hope that Vietnamese audiences will increasingly love ballet in particular and dancing in general, contributing to inspiring younger generations.

In the introduction of the honourees, Forbes Vietnam affirmed that “Thu Hue is the first Vietnamese ballerina to play the main roles as white and black swans. The roles require talent, good health and hard work to achieve the desired technique. This is a big challenge in an environment where there are few conditions for performances and training like in Vietnam. Do you think you have touched your dream?

My dream was not to play as a white swan or black swan or both important roles. However, “Swan Lake” was an important milestone in my career and its success has become the foundation and great motivation for me to keep pursuing my dream.

When did you begin dancing? How have you nurtured your dream in difficult times when the classical dance was not famous as other entertainment industries?

I liked dancing when I was very young. When I was 12 years old, I left my hometown in Cam Thuy mountainous district in Thanh Hoa to Hanoi to learn dancing with a love for arts. I do not know why I pursued dancing because my parents were small traders in a remote mountainous region. They were not absolutely related to ballet – a noble artform.

I have been fortunate to have always gained scholarships through my school years and have never dropped out of school, even though I had to work daily to earn my living. For me, ballet helped me discover myself.

Without dancing, I never found my life as interesting. The passion makes me forget the difficulties and hardships that I must face. I just feel that every day goes by, I am very interested in experiencing and discovering new roles. That is also the uncanny attraction of this form of art, which helps me forget all my tiredness and worries.

You are one of the few ballerinas who can perform four acts in a major play. Despite playing many roles, “Swan Lake” was a great milestone in your life. You performed the play with your own creativity. How did you incarnate simultaneously into two characters in a play?

For me, when standing on stage, the soul of the character and I must be one. If I think that I am trying to perform for just audiences, it means that I have not yet entered my heart. If I am forced, it won’t feel genuine for the audiences. The black and white swans highlighted an opposition between the personalities of the two characters, or the good and the evil within each person.

In order to express the opposition so that the audiences would not recognise whether it is white, black or Hue, I had to spend evenings, when I was alone, feeling those emotional states with my own soul rather than imitating or acting like anyone. For example, with the role as a black swan, the evil inside of people must be revealed.

 

However, it is difficult because everyone wants to show the gentle beauty and honesty. Moreover, artists must always change and refresh the style of performance, which means not allowing ourselves to stop creativity. That is a process of learning and practicing hard.

Ballerina Thu Hue: Ballet helps me discover myself

A performance of the play "Swan Lake"

Are you under pressure to accept other roles following the peak success of “Swan Lake”?

Oh no, I feel the opposite. The success of the “Swan Lake” performance has pushed me to go ahead and challenge myself in other roles because I feel a “store of emotions” inside me. Through the roles, I can show and live with those emotions that I cannot easily share in my daily life. The different personalities of characters in ballets can help me satisfy my exploration.

A ballerina must train and sacrifice a lot to gain great achievements. What do you think about this?

When I decided to work for the VNOB, I hoped that I would have an opportunity to stand on stage and perform ballet until my health no longer allowed. I think that not only in ballet but also in any field, we have to train hard to work seriously.

I admire artists who have sacrificed their personal happiness to devote themselves to the arts. However, in no case are artists forced to choose either career or personal happiness. I always try to balance both and feel very lucky to make the balance. Right now, I am feeling happy with my choice.

Have you ever dreamed of bringing Vietnamese ballet abroad or winning the world’s prestigious awards in this art form?

As a ballerina, I wish I will have more chance to contribute to the country’s ballet arts, bringing this art form closer to Vietnamese audiences. Certainly, I also always hope that Vietnamese ballet will be developed increasingly and promoted to international friends. 

Nguyen Thu Hue was born in Cam Thuy District, Thanh Hoa Province. She graduated from Vietnam Dance College and joined the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet (VNOB) in 2012. Earlier on the same year, Thu Hue won the gold prize at the competition for “talented students from the cultural and arts schools nationwide”. She took the roles as soloist for many ballet plays including Chopiana and Giselle. In 2019, Thu Hue marked a great milestone in her career with the roles of white and black swans in the famous play “Swan Lake” which was reproduced by the VNOB following 35 years of its absence in Vietnamese stages. The play set a new record with seven nights of performance at the Hanoi Opera House and an outdoor show. In the coming time, Thu Hue will join her colleagues from the VNOB on a tour to bring the play to many major cities around the country.

Hanh Nguyen (Nhan Dan)

Vietnam’s “ballet prince” dreams of introducing Vietnamese ballet abroad

Vietnam’s “ballet prince” dreams of introducing Vietnamese ballet abroad

To many Vietnamese ballet fans, Meritorious Artist Dam Han Giang is popularly known as Vietnam’s “Ballet Prince”.

Forbes Vietnam announces “30 Under 30” list

Forbes Vietnam announces “30 Under 30” list

Forbes Vietnam has announced the “30 Under 30” list in 2020 which featured the most influential faces in the field of business and start-ups, social enterprises, arts and creative industries, entertainment, education and science.

 
 

Other News

.
VN shrimp segment above water
VN shrimp segment above water
FEATUREicon  22/03/2020 

Despite the complexities of COVID-19, shrimp exporters and processors still see a bright future ahead thanks to new markets, and boosting exports to traditional markets which have cut imports from China.

Keeping calm and carrying on: Vietnam sets a coronavirus example
Keeping calm and carrying on: Vietnam sets a coronavirus example
FEATUREicon  21/03/2020 

As much of the western world descends into a COVID-19-induced panic, nations in close proximity to China have remained relatively calm. 

When reform becomes quiet
When reform becomes quiet
FEATUREicon  17/03/2020 

While the movement of reducing administrative procedures and simplifying business conditions in 2018 was described as a ‘big wave’, the activities were just ‘small ripples’ in 2019.

How Vietnam sacrifices economy to protect its people?
How Vietnam sacrifices economy to protect its people?
FEATUREicon  16/03/2020 

Taking tough measures for the safety of people has become the government's top priority.

The credibility of cooperation
The credibility of cooperation
FEATUREicon  15/03/2020 

It may not be hard to discern that through the EU’s defiance towards Italy’s desperate calls for aid and America’s freshly-imposed barriers on its European allies, inter-state cooperation has been lacking in the fight against COVID-19.

Encouraging signs in real estate arena
Encouraging signs in real estate arena
FEATUREicon  13/03/2020 

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak piling pressure on the toughest segments of the real estate market in hospitality, retail, and industrial property, positive signs have also been unearthed.  

The EVFTA’s grand impacts on Vietnam’s industrial sector
The EVFTA’s grand impacts on Vietnam’s industrial sector
FEATUREicon  14/03/2020 

The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and Investment Protection Agreement raise many hopes for all of Vietnam’s economic sectors. 

Duong opens new chapter for Vietnamese boxing
Duong opens new chapter for Vietnamese boxing
FEATUREicon  14/03/2020 

Vietnam has waited more than three decades to see a Vietnamese fighter qualify for an Olympics and Nguyen Van Duong ended the drought after he secured a Tokyo Olympic slot at the Asia/Oceania Olympic boxing qualifying tournament.

Tailwinds expected via foreign-funded activities
Tailwinds expected via foreign-funded activities
FEATUREicon  13/03/2020 

Exchange-traded fund providers are offering more choices to foreign investors, at a time when portfolio rebalancing and global uncertainties could leave them high and dry.

VN pharma landscape set for shake-up
VN pharma landscape set for shake-up
FEATUREicon  12/03/2020 

Facing significant expansion from multinational corporations, Vietnamese drug giants took a hit in 2019 despite new strategies, signalling an uninspiring outlook for future growth.  

Head in the clouds, Vietnamese engineer reaches for the stars
Head in the clouds, Vietnamese engineer reaches for the stars
FEATUREicon  14/03/2020 

Three mice died and a few hearts sank. It was March, 2015 in Hyderabad, India. When the vital signs went down, Pham Gia Vinh and his team knew the mice would die.

The change of thinking and action in foreign investment cooperation
The change of thinking and action in foreign investment cooperation
FEATUREicon  10/03/2020 

The Politburo has issued Resolution No.50/NQ-TW on August 20, 2019, outlining directions to perfect institutions and policies to improve foreign investment efficiency and cooperation until 2030.

Rules of origin pose questions for sectors jostling for position
Rules of origin pose questions for sectors jostling for position
FEATUREicon  08/03/2020 

Although the free trade agreement between the EU and Vietnam will offer great opportunities for wood investors and exporters, its rules of origin may not provide a big boon to local textile and garment businesses.

Game changer for the energy arena
Game changer for the energy arena
FEATUREicon  07/03/2020 

Vietnam has recently created several favourable policies, including the Politburo’s Resolution No.55-NQ/TW on the orientation of Vietnam’s national energy development strategy to 2030 with a vision towards 2045.

American painter tells colourful stories of Vietnam
American painter tells colourful stories of Vietnam
FEATUREicon  07/03/2020 

After being impressed by the Vietnamese people living in northern Virginia in the US in the early 1990s, Charles Daniel Hambleton, a native of the state, visited Vietnam for the first time.

Your guide to every 2020 V.League 1 club
Your guide to every 2020 V.League 1 club
FEATUREicon  07/03/2020 

The 2020 V.League 1 season is almost upon us and (coronavirus permitting) matches will kick off coming week.

Expat football fans find taste of home with V.League
Expat football fans find taste of home with V.League
FEATUREicon  07/03/2020 

There’s nothing quite like a day out to watch live football. 

Ford expansion’s impact on Vietnam’s vehicle output muted by imports: Fitch Solutions
Ford expansion’s impact on Vietnam’s vehicle output muted by imports: Fitch Solutions
FEATUREicon  04/03/2020 

U.S. automaker Ford Motors’ latest announcement that it intends to expand its Vietnamese plant will provide only a modest boost to the country’s vehicle output over this year and next, according to Fitch Solutions.

Enterprise support around the corner
Enterprise support around the corner
FEATUREicon  03/03/2020 

With the coronavirus epidemic badly damaging business performance and undermining local production, Vietnam will officially launch a major support package to spur on businesses’ performance and ensure economic growth.  

How EVFTA, coronavirus affects Vietnam industrial property?
How EVFTA, coronavirus affects Vietnam industrial property?
FEATUREicon  04/03/2020 

The coronavirus outbreak will certainly have an effect on the global economy in the coming months. Vietnam, with its proximity and close trade and supply relationships with China, is no exception.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN