Finest Artist Nominees: Vu Ngoc Khai

Finest Artist Nominees: Vu Ngoc Khai

Vu Ngoc Khai

Years of birth : 1985

Field: Dance

About artist: Vũ Ngọc Khải graduated from the Vietnam Academy of Dance after studying ballet in a 7-year period (1997-2004), and began studying at the Codards/Rotterdam Dance Academy (the Netherlands) for another year. Afterwards he worked for dance companies and theaters in Vietnam, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.

Vũ Ngọc Khải was working at the Konzert Theater Bern (Switzerland) when he decided to return to Vietnam to explore the culture of his upbringing. His work always features highlights of Vietnamese culture, such as the conical hat, patterns on straw mats, movements that mimic buffalo and chicken ring fights, or using traditional Vietnamese music. “Only when attached to your roots can you form an authentic sense of self, otherwise you’re just a cultural borrower. That’s why I wanted to return to Vietnam,” he said. In 2018, he won the first prize at the International Young Choreographers Award in South Korea, and became the co-founder and art director of 1648kilomet (representing the length of the Vietnamese coastline), an art collective that organizes and promotes perfomances and community activities.

Remarkable activities/projects in 2019 : In 2019, he was the choreographer and a dancer for the piece Đáy giếng (Bottom of the Well), participating in Hanoi Dance Fest, ran the Made in Vietnam dance workshops, was part of the ĐA THỨC dance performance, and hosted summer dance workshops for children with special needs alongside 1648kilomet, an organization he co-founded.

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