Vietnamese hip-hop dancers will take part in the 11th Indonesia Dance
Festival on June 2, when a group of nine dancers and two musicians will
perform a unique piece entitled Faces that includes spoken word,
traditional Vietnamese music and theatrical elements.
65-minute performance, choreographed by international known dancers and
choreographers Raphael Hillebrand and sebastien Ramirez will also tour
Indonesia this month.
In the performance, beatboxing
harmonises with the dan tranh, a traditional 16-string instrument, as
the piece illustrates the different faces of Vietnamese youth. All
artists wear masks during the performance, sending the message: "Are we
covering up our faces in today's society?" Being young in a traditional
yet rapidly developing country and coming to terms with non-conventional
life choices, the young artists' testimonies are rich and diverse, deep
and moving, and sometimes ironic.
Hillebrand lives in
Berlin , while Ramirez works both in France and Germany . Both grew
up immersed in the hip-hop culture, developing their own artistic
language as they went.
Both have realised projects before in Vietnam , as well as in Indonesia and Cambodia .
Faces was created in 2008 as a cultural co-operation project of the
Goethe Institute Vietnam and the French cultural centre L'Espace,
with the support of Fonds Elysee.-VNA