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New documentary features tai tu music

Update: January, 09/2014 - 10:01
Australian dancer Geraldine Balcazar.— Photo tuoitre/ Huy Moeller

HCM CITY (VNS)— Vu Khuc Dong Duong ( Indochina Dance), a new documentary featuring tai tu traditional music of southern Viet Nam, was completed in HCM City recently. The documentary is a remake of Indochina Dance filmed in Paris in 1900.

The original Indochina Dance was discovered by the Australian-Vietnamese music expert Nguyen Le Tuyen while he was conducting research on the musical genre at the French National Library last year.

The dance was performed by famous French ballet dancer Cleo de Merode, accompanied by artist Nguyen Tong Trieu's tai tu music troupe. According to Tuyen's discovery, it was last performed at the Indochina Theatre at the Paris International Fair in 1900.

Artist Nguyen Tong Trieu was the founder of a well-known tai tu music troupe in the early 20th century in the Mekong Delta region.

The new version of Indochina Dance features HCM City dancer Trac Thuy Mieu and Australian dancer Geraldine Balcazar.

Taking part in the production of the new version of Indochina Dance, besides Tuyen, are Prof. Yves Defrance of Rennes University in Paris and filmmaker Huy Moeller from the Sai Gon International Cinematography School. — VNS

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