HCMC – Performance of Contemporary Dance “Café Saigon”

HCMC – Performance of Contemporary Dance “Café Saigon”

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Sat 19 Jan 2019, 8 pm
HCMC Opera House
No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC

From the organizer:

The Ho Chi Minh City Ballet will present a reprise of its contemporary dance work “Café Saigon” in the Saigon Opera House on January 19. It was first created last summer in collaboration with the Gotra Dance Company from Maastricht in the Netherlands.

Nine dancers from the HBSO Ballet make up the cast of Café Saigon. The work’s location is a Saigon coffee-shop fifty years ago. Choreographer Nguyen Phuc Hai was responsible for the set design.

The performance of Café Saigon lasts 75 minutes and features five women and four men. It is far from realistic. Girls fall from tables and are caught by boys, a flickering light suggests hidden menace, and the nine dancers run round the stage to music from the 1950s and 60s.

Watch a teaser trailer:

The pre-recorded music is evocative of the era of 70 years ago. There are German cabaret-like songs, including Bella, Bella Marie, and some very attractive accordion music from Fabian Beghin and Didier Laloy. Occasionally the dancers themselves sing, albeit briefly.

One of the Dutch company’s two directors, Joost Vrouenraets, worked with the Vietnamese dancer and choreographer Nguyen Phuc Hung over ten years ago in the Netherlands. One of the fruits of this collaboration was the arrival of Vrouenraets, together with his colleague Maite Guerin, in Saigon last June to create this original work.

Tickets

Admissions: 200,000 to 650,000 VND, 80.000VND (for students, limited offer)
Booking and delivery: 028 38237419, Ms. Ngoc: 0903604539
At HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square
Online Booking: www.ticketbox.vn

HCMC Opera House
No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC

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