Dance Festival “Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance” 2017

Dance Festival “Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance” 2017

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Hanoi: 20 – 24 Sep 2017
Youth Theater, 11 Ngo Thi Nham
L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien
Hoan Kiem Walking Zone
Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA), Level B1 – R3 Royal City, 72 Nguyen Trai

HCMC: 21 Sep – 14 Oct 2017
Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square
HCMC Dance School, 155 Bis Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa
Nguyen Hue Walking Zone
The Factory Contemporary Arts Center, 15 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ
Arabesque Studio, 25 Phan Phú Tiên

From Goethe Institut:

The annual dance festival “Europe meets Asia in Contemporary Dance” will take place for the seventh time this year in Vietnam. The festival, coordinated by the Goethe-Institut, has successfully contributed to raising awareness on contemporary dance in Vietnam since 2011.

“Europe meets Asia in Contemporary Dance”, an initiative of EUNIC – the Network of European cultural institutes and embassies in Hanoi, is organized this year by the Goethe-Institut, L’Espace, Embassy of Spain, Embassy of Switzerland and the Consulate General of Canada in HCMC, in cooperation with the Youth Theater Vietnam and the HCMC Dance School.

Dance, an important artistic medium worldwide, is an artistic language which tells stories, expresses mental and emotional conditions in our life, and gives us new perspectives. Topics and techniques, feelings and thoughts, creative energy and perseverance are expressed.

Artists perform an important task in society and for all of us. They ask about humanity and the essence of being human. They open our eyes and hearts. They strengthen our empathy and compassion. Dancers evoke positive energy which transcends from the stage or other spaces of performance onto the spectators, draws us into their action and occupies our minds beyond the time of the performance. And their performance demands an attitude of respect and reflection from us.


This year, we are supporting two exciting Vietnamese productions, one by the Wintercearig Project and one by the dance company Arabesque. The spirit of co-production has motivated two other performances, one with Belgian-French and one with German-Vietnamese participation. The festival also showcases the multifaceted dance world outside of Vietnam, and brings dance performances from Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland and Canada.

Three exhibitions on dance and body enrich our festival this year. They show, among other things that dynamic movements in a space can also emanate in to very special new visual forms for the dance – either in stills or moving pictures.

Photo and Video Exhibition “Crossed Views”
Dance Exhibition “Sculpting the Burrows” by Laurent Goldring
Art Exhibition “The Smile of Mutation” by Pierre Larauza, Trương Minh Thy Nguyên and Emmanuelle Vincent

There are also some dance workshops for dancers, and a workshop for light technicians.

Dance Workshop with Isabelle Schad
Workshops & Talk with Wintercearig
Lighting Workshop with Emma Juliard

The spectrum of topics among the performances is pleasingly wide, if we may take the liberty to connect individual dance performances with particular themes. The intoxicating dance work THE BURROW (DER BAU), created by Berlin-based choreographer Isabelle Schad and French visual artist Laurent Goldring, has been inspired by Franz Kafka’s unfinished novella of the same title, which is about a mole-like creature, digging an elaborate system of tunnels that it has built over the course of its life.

The performance of Kim-Sanh Châu is both beautiful and profound. Her exquisitely illuminated dance piece BLACK & SCHOLES with three dancers from the Montreal cultural festival it is about the appearance and disappearance of the individual.

Tricia Nguyen goes completely new ways and test the limits of dance for therapy. Her WINTERCEARIG dance project examines symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders.

The Swiss Asphalt Piloten will perform their witty artistic rebellion TAPE RIOT with and against surrounding urban space. Get your cameras and cell phones ready for this flash performance, when the four artists pop up on some street corners in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Raquel Madrid and Cipriano López also leave the usual theater space behind and bring dance out into the open. The two Spanish dancers developed their SHORT STORY OF A LONG EVENT on the Mediterranean beach and will bring it now to the shore of the Hoàn Kiếm Lake.

The Vietnamese-German co-production STIGMERGY with dancers from the Vietnam Dance Academy plays with acting, contacting and communicating. All this combines to a complex, seemingly intelligent structure, which arises without the need for planning, control or direct communication between the dancers.

URBAN DISTORTIONS is Franco-Vietnamese with participating musician Teddy Chilla (Nguyễn Đức Trung Tuấn) and singer Suboi (only in HCMC). You will experience poetry about space and its physical and cultural boundaries. The piece is inspired by the global phenomenon of migration and raises questions such as: What is habitat, with whom do we share it? How do we perceive strangers and cultural differences?

Dance is always about body and space. Space has physical and culture notions. The variety of approaches and forms of expression presented to us by the artists from near and far are a great gift to us the spectators. Let yourself be and enchanted under the open sky or in the spotlight light on a theater stage. Enjoy!

Download dance brochure here

Program in Hanoi:

Wed 20/09 – 20:00 – Youth Theater
DER BAU / The Burrows (Germany)

Thu 21/09 – 20:00 – Youth Theater
Stigmergy, extended version (Germany – Vietnam)
Black & Scholes (Canada)

Sat 23/09 – Hoan Kiem Walking Zone – Free event
10:00 and 17:00 – TAPE RIOT (Switzeland)
19:00 – A Brief Story of a Long Event (Spain)

Sat 23/09 – 20:00 – L’Espace
Urban Distortions (France)

Sun 24/09 – 10:00 – Vincom Centre for Contemporary Arts – Free event
A Brief Story of a Long Event (Spain)

Sun 24/09 – 10:00 and 17:00 – Hoan Kiem Walking Zone – Free event
TAPE RIOT (Switzeland)


Program in HCMC:

Thu 21/09 – 19:30 – The Factory Contemporary Art Center – Free event
Wintercearig Disorder (Vietnam)

Fri 22/09 – 19:30 – The Factory Contemporary Art Center – Free event
Depression (Vietnam)

Sun 24/09 – 20:00 – HCMC Dance School – Free Tickets
Stigmergy, extended version (Germany – Vietnam)
Black & Scholes (Canada)

Mon 25/09 – 20:00 – Arabesque Dance Studio – By invitation only
Der Bau / The Burrows (Germany)

Tue 26/09 – 20:00 – HCMC Dance School – Free Tickets
Stigmergy, extended version (Germany – Vietnam)
Black & Scholes (Canada)

Wed 27/09 and Thu 28/09 – 08:00 and 17:00 – Nguyen Hue Walking Zone – Free event
TAPE RIOT (Switzerland)

Sat 14/10 – 20:00 – Saigon Opera House
Urban Distortions (France)



20/09 – Ticketing: 50.000 VND from 11.9 in Youth Theater Hanoi
21/09 – Ticketing: 50.000 VND from 12.9 in Youth Theater Hanoi
23/09 – Ticketing: 100.000VND, available at L’Espace

24/09 – Free tickets received at the Vietnam Dance College from 18/09
25/09 – Arabeques Studio – Invitations only
26/09 – Free tickets received at The Vietnam Dance College from 18/09
14/10 – Tickets are available at starting 12/09

For more information about the festival schedule, tickets, dance pieces, the artists and our activities please visit the festival website

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Information on previous editions of the festival:
Dance Festival “Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance” 2016
Dance Festival “Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance” 2015
Dance Festival “Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance” 2014
Dance Festival “Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance” 2013


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