|Blurry beauty: French breakdance artist Valentine Nagata-Ramos will perform in the Japanese tragedy Sadako on the stage of the HCM City Institute of Cultural Exchange with France (IDECAF) on June 9. — Photo from the dancer’s Facebook page|
HCM CITY — French breakdance artist Valentine Nagata-Ramos will perform in the Japanese tragedy Sadako at the HCM City Institute of Cultural Exchange with France (IDECAF) on June 9 as part of her Asian tour.
Sadako is based on Japanese legend about having your wish come true if you can fold 1,000 paper cranes.
Sadako Sasaki, a victim of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, made 664 cranes before she died of leukemia at the age of 12. Her classmates folded the remaining 356 cranes and buried 1,000 cranes with her.
The dance piece, Nagata-Ramos’s first solo, was created in 2011. The dancer mixes hip hop, Japanese dance form butoh, and origami.
The performance will be followed by a workshop “I AM YOU” with the artist and Vietnamese breakdancers.
Born in Japan in 1981, Nagata-Ramos moved to France when she was a year old.
While she is skilled in classical, jazz, contemporary and African dance, she fell in love with breakdancing in 1988.
In 2004, she was named world vice-champion with Fatasik Armada at the International Battle of the Year, and three years later, the world champion in female duo for breakdancing.
She has taken part in several dance companies and has taught breakdance on French television. She established her own company Uzumaki in 2011.
The performance will begin at 8pm at 28 Lê Thánh Tôn Street in District 1. Tickets are 150,000-200,000 (US$) and can be purchased at www.ticketbox.vn. — VNS