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Lens captures French, Vietnamese dance

Update: September, 12/2017 - 06:00
Harmony in motion: Dance performances in Việt Nam and France are captured through the lens of talented artists from the two countries.— VNS Photo Bạch Liên
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HÀ NỘI –A new exhibition shows audiences the perspectives of eight photographers from France and Việt Nam on contemporary dance in the two countries.

The Regards Croisés (Common Viewpoint) exhibition, curated by young artist Nguyễn Kiều Linh, displays nearly 100 photographs and videos that document the art of contemporary dance in the studio, on stage, or in the solitude behind the curtains.

This exhibition is a sequel to another exhibition curated by Linh during the Dance Biennale 2016 in Lyon, France. Linh, who has lived and studied in Lyon since 2011, said she wanted to organise the exhibition because of her passion for photography and for dance.

“I also wanted to create a strong connection between the two regions to which I have a strong attachment, Hà Nội and Lyon,” she said.

“Contemporary dance combines harmoniously the supple body movements and the emotions in the soul of the dancers. I believe that a photo that captures the movements of the contemporary dancers can stir strong emotions in the audience. If dance is one of the specialties of Lyon, photography also made the name of the region and is a perfect tool to honour the art of dance,” she said.

Visitors to the show can admire original photos capturing beautiful moments of well-known dancers in the two countries, by eight well-known photographers from Việt Nam and France.

One of them is Nguyễn Thế Dương, who is one of the pioneers of time-lapse photos in Việt Nam. He is particularly famous for photos of HCM City seen from above.

Tuấn Đào is a professional photographer in Hà Nội and was interested in taking photographs featuring movements. “Each movement of the artist, in combination with music and light, can create impressive artworks,” he said.

French photographer Virginie Kahn specialises in taking photos of spectacles. She learnt to dance at a young age. Dance for her is liberation and a passion of movement.

The other talented Vietnamese and French photographers include Trịnh Xuân Hải, Trần Kỳ Anh, Jean Barak and Sylvain Mestre.

The exhibition, which is part of the Contemporary Dance: Europe meets Asia 2017 festival in Hà Nội, runs until September 17 at l’Espace, the French Cultural Centre, located at  24 Tràng Tiền Street in Hà Nội. Free entry.— VNS

French movement: Photos capturing impressive French dance scenes.—VNS Photo Bạch Liên
Spotlight: Some of the artworks at the exhibition.— VNS Photo Bạch Liên

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