Flaw x Cú Chót – The Encounter of Two Worlds

Flaw x Cú Chót – The Encounter of Two Worlds

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30 Nov and 01 Dec 2019, 6.30 – 10 pm
5B Theatre
5B Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 6, District 3, HCMC

From the organizer:

The double-bill Flaw x Cú Chót by two artists Võ Thuỷ Tiên and Trà Nguyễn will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 30 November and 1 December, 2019 at Theater 5B (5B Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City).

Flaw x Cú Chót is a duo project by Võ Thuỷ Tiên and Trà Nguyễn, combining their practice⁠s on visual arts and performing arts. What connects them is the act of thinking about something-different. For Tiên, it opens to a multidimensional space for love; for Trà, it elaborates an approach in her theater-making, one imbued with philosophical contemplations.

Flaw is the abbreviation for “Fall in Love Another Way”. The exhibition continues from Võ Thuỷ Tiên’s last solo “My Marriage” at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre last May, portraying love as multi-facet. Ripe fruits, manipulated by the hands and eyes of one who is (or under the impression that one is) in love remains the principal image. Nevertheless, a shift tone is apparent. While the previous body of work projects suspicion, precariousness, and an intimate need for healing, with Flaw, Tiên shows a mocking attitude towards love interest, and directs such attitude inside out. In addition to photography, Tiên’s major medium, this new series includes a “hearsay sculpture” that has taken 112 hours to complete (including gossiping time) and another that would require the visitor’s interaction and love to fully exhibit.

Cú Chót is Trà Nguyễn’s stage adaptation from Roald Dahl’s short story The Last Act. This postmodern play investigates the fundamental components of theatre-making such as the performance or the role of the playwright (in its old sense “a theatre-maker”). Trà keeps to the original text, proposing a structure in which the characters need to define the roles for themselves. Cú Chót confines the performers in 75 minutes, asking them to confront their performing identities, the same way a character needs to find her position when a certain Author pushed her into solitude in the story. Compressed in the theatre’s black box, the story is squeezed into a number of spatial moods, giving privilege to the dark spaces on stage so that the viewers could fill in the story themselves rather than receiving it ready-made. Cú Chót features contemporary dancer Lê Mai Anh as the Performer, and Trịnh Cao Hòa Thanh as the Reader.

Flaw x Cú Chót’s schedule in two days 30 November and 1 December, 2019:

– 6:30PM: Flaw exhibition starts on the 2nd floor
– 7:30PM: Cú Chót begins on the 3rd floor
– 9PM: Cú Chót ends. All crew members and artists hang out on the 2nd floor
10PM: Event ends

* Note: The play Cú Chót is fully in Vietnamese, and only for audience above 15-year-old. English speaking audience can still enjoy the duo show as English materials are available.

About the artists:

Võ Thuỷ Tiên is a visual artist, a creative director, and a family lady with two sons. Graduated from Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture, she has been known as a “creative chameleon” with feminine style, dynamic but also reserved. Tiên works with variable media namely photography, books, illustration, animation and film, amongst which photography is the principal. Tiên likes to think that her works don’t contain anything profound but only speak with their appearances, their materials, and their inter-relations. Yet when contrasting them with her personal life, one recognizes a certain resistance towards the normative patterns of life.

Tiên’s previous exhibitions include her solo show My Marriage (The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, 2019), the group exhibition Good 50×70 (Milan, 2010), I Love My City, My People (Ho Chi Minh City, 2013). She co-writes the children’s book The Alphabet I Found in Mom’s Kitchen (Kim Đồng Publishing house, 2017). A number of her works are featured in Elle Magazine, Elle Decoration, Forbes Vietnam, Designboom Magazine, and etc….

Trà Nguyễn is a self-taught theatre director, writer, and arts manager. Until recently, Trà has been Acting Director of Sàn Art – the longest-running independent space for contemporary art in Ho Chi Minh City with which she has contributed to develop various educational programs for visual art. Trà has been cultivating her passion for dramatic art through several local theater productions. In 2018, Trà launched The Run – A Theater Project with a play of the same name, laying the foundation of her inquisitive theatre practice. Trà’s works often use stories as a means to talk about loneliness and futility. Her projects are constructed from meeting and collaborating with practitioners from different fields, establishing new methods to challenge existing standards and propose an interdisciplinary practice for theatre.

Trà Nguyễn’s latest works includes The Run (Ho Chi Minh City, 2018) and the experimental series 3P’s: The Performers Performing the Performed (Tokyo, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, 2018 – 2019).

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