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New Zealand choreographer stages dance on Central Highlands

Update: December, 10/2019 - 15:13

HCM CITY — A contemporary dance featuring special observations and feelings about space, people and the rhythm of life will be held in the Central Highland province of Đắk Lắk at 7.30pm on December 20 and at the Military Theatre, HCM City on the following day.

Ross McCormack and Emily Adams on the stage. Photo nzherald.co.nz

New Zealand choreographer Ross McCormack has created the event titled Đa Thức (Method) based on moving methods and personal rhythms of dancers, who found a way to move together by using a wooden bar of 5m long. The dancers continuously control the bar, either pulling or pushing. They use the bar as a common way to communicate and the dancers themselves appear in the dance as space movers.

Composer Jason Wright recorded folk melodies in Đắk Lắk to use as the background music for the dance.

The dance features artists Lâm Tố Như, the runner up of So You Think You Can Dance 2012 contest, Vũ Ngọc Khải, who got full scholarship for a dance course in the Netherlands after winning the first prize at the International Ayang Young Choreographer in South Korea in 2018, and other talents like Nguyễn Duy Thành, Nguyễn Thạch Sang and Nguyễn Quang Tư.

Artists rehearse for the performance. Photo H2O Art

The dance is hosted by H2O Art, which consists of graduates from the Việt Nam Dance College.

The Army Theatre is located at 140, Cộng Hòa Street, Ward 4, Tân Bình District.

The H2O Art organisation aims to connect Vietnamese contemporary dancers with partners all over the world.

McCormack​​ ​graduated​ ​from​ ​the​ ​New​ ​Zealand​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Dance​ ​in​ ​2001​ ​and​ ​went​ ​on​ ​to​ ​perform with​ ​Douglas​ ​Wright​ ​Dance​ ​Company​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Royal​ ​New​ ​Zealand​ ​Ballet.​ ​

He had​ ​joined Australian​ ​Dance​ ​Theatre, ​Melbourne​ ​dance​ ​company​ ​Lucy​ ​Guerin​ ​Inc​, ​ ​Les​ ​Ballets​ ​C​ ​de​ ​la​ ​B​ before ​co-founding​ ​New​ ​Zealand​ ​dance​ ​theatre​ ​company​ ​Muscle​ ​Mouth in 2014,​ ​where​ ​he​ ​is​ ​Artistic Director. VNS

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