Van Huynh Company: Đep
Winner of the Asian Arts Award for Best Directing 2018
Đẹp is the Vietnamese word for beautiful. With his latest work, choreographer Dam Van Huynh explores influences from his Southeast Asian heritage. In Vietnamese culture, death is also a form of rebirth. When a person dies, the family and community enact rituals that will enable the deceased to pass into another realm, a higher state of being. The dancers in Đẹp are nude for a purpose. Fragile, vulnerable and free from distraction, their movement begins at the point where the mind transcends the physical self, amplified by Martyna Poznanska”s numinous score.
Originally from Southern Vietnam, Dam Van Huynh and his family fled after the war and settled in the USA where Dam was raised - graduating from the Boston Conservatory of Music and Dance. He has worked with various companies and choreographers including Merce Cunningham, The Nevada Ballet, Portugal’s CeDeCe, Richard Alston and Phoenix Dance Theatre.