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04
Dec
2009

Huhmmmm project – Day 2

Contemporary dance is quite new in Vietnam, or at least in public spaces it is, so we want to make a piece that doesn't over explain each section, but finds a commonality with the images as anchor points for ourselves and the public.

Today wasn’t as fruitful as yesterday. I think we burned out. We were trying to nail down the what and the why. Fundamentally, we are saying the piece needs the same things but the approach to get there is different, that’s also why I’m doing the project, to experience different creative approaches, so tomorrow we will return to the mound and see what happens, as HDC said they would like to be there, as it helps with creating ideas, it’s different for me because I close my eyes and I’m there, I’m dreaming, but maybe I’m being too cerebral. I’m interested in going back to see how the visceral experience changes the response. Would we get he same ideas if we don’t go? Who knows? As long as the ideas flow for us all, it doesn’t matter where they come from. I don’t think the ideas will be a challenge, it will be selecting the most effective ideas that can be achieved in the short time we have.

We had an interesting conversation about site specific work, I feel what we create has to relate and respond to the site, or it wouldn’t be site specific, if it doesn’t respond to the site then we could make the work anywhere and perform anywhere. HDC approach it from a different angle, which we will be looking at tomorrow.

Contemporary dance is quite new in Vietnam, or at least in public spaces it is, so we want to make a piece that doesn’t over explain each section, but finds a commonality with the images as anchor points for ourselves and the public. Duc’s starting point is also the space, I do think we both lose bits in translation, so it will be good to work on some movement and images tomorrow, we need no translation if the intention is clear and the body and image communicate that intention, the way we want it to.

We discussed freedom, as this is one of the things we agreed that Quang Trung gave to the Vietnamese. As we were writing and drawing on the sheet, Duc said he doesn’t feel free if he has to write it down, good point, he showed us how it moved, so we decided to put an arrow towards where he was sitting and when we reviewed what we had, he would make this freedom movement. We then also discussed that freedom doesn’t always have to be wild and spontaneous, it’s what one chooses it to be.

I like to make notes and go off in tangents as I go along, or I forget my train of thought. It was interesting for me as Duc feels that an idea becomes too fixed if he writes it down. Maybe I am censoring myself and edging towards the western construct where the belief is, if it’s not written down, it’s not valid. I don’t think I am though, I’m brainstorming, it’s my process of remembering and tracing it back to the source idea. But the good thing is I am questioning myself. HDC also said that the process was different for them, so it’s already turning out to be a good exchange.

Because the site is so important in commemorating part of Vietnams history, we all feel really passionate about it. Although my connection is not from a Vietnamese perspective, what I do connect with is the resistance and fight for ones freedom from an imposing superpower which encapsulates the story, and also the fact that a farmer became a king. This is an inspiring detail, because no matter where one feels they are, in the greater scheme of things, self belief allows one to reach their goal. Yes circumstance and being prepared for unexpected opportunities (some people call it luck) have something to do with too. Maybe it wasn’t his intention to be king, but his actions motivated people and made him a hero.

cho ??n ngày mai
(until tomorrow)

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