Projects & Performances
13
Dec
2009

Huhmmmm… (2009)

Kompany Malakhi collaborated with + 84 Dance Group based in Ha Noi, Vietnam through a project called Inclusive Cities, part of the British Council’s Creative Cities initiative. The project took place over two visits to Vietnam in June and October 2009.

The Collaboration

Kompany Malakhi collaborated with + 84 Dance Group based in Ha Noi, Vietnam through a project called Inclusive Cities, part of the British Council’s Creative Cities initiative. The project took place over two visits to Vietnam in June and October 2009.

Performed at the Go Dong Da mound, the collaboration marked a monumental point in the art history of Vietnam, creating one of the first contemporary dance pieces to be performed in the country. In addition, it was the first site specific performance in Vietnam’s history. The performance was steeped in ritual and combined traditional art forms with modern technologies such as film.

View further information in Kwesi’s blog

The Performance

It was inspired by legend of Quang Trung Nguyen Hu. Today is created from the history of the past (yesterday) and will become the history of tomorrow. It will leave marks in us whether intentionally or unintentionally. History shows us how we were created and each of our actions today will shape history in the future. Whether we succeed or fail, every war or battle results in losses for both sides. From each individual’s emotional losses and weaknesses, the artists would like to remind us about history, wars and losses.

From two different cultures, two art styles and languages, they learn to share, to respect each other’s disparities, to coexist in an open environment.

Huhmmm…

Like a prayer for dead spirits…
Like a sigh over pains and losses…
Above all, it is a removal of dark corners in each soul in order to live together in a peaceful world.

The programme was arranged by the British Council, Kompany Malakhi, UK and Contemporary Dance Group +84, Vietnam.

“Enjoyable and engrossing contemporary performance.” Art Critic, Vietnam.

Additional choreography by Kuldip Singh-Barmi.
Additional film visuals by Roma Patel.

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