First site-specific dance debuts Huhmmm

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HA NOI Audiences in Ha Noi will get the chance to see for the first time contemporary dance choreographed specifically for the venue by a group of British and Vietnamese dancers on the weekend.

The choreography is based on the site s unique cultural characteristics and topography, as well as its architectural, historical and social features.

Vietnamese contemporary dance group +84 and dancers from Viet Bac Folk Song&Dance Theatre will share the stage with the British artists for the two-night performance, which will take place on Dong Da Mound on Tay Son Street.

Dong Da Mound the site of a battle between troops led by King Quang Trung Chinese invaders in 1789. The mound is believed to formed from the bodies of fallen Chinese.

To get a feel for the area, dancers spent three weeks in the area talking with the local people.

The performance is a prayer to the dead spirits and a sigh for the pain and loss of war. It is an attempt to remove dark corners from the soul so people can live together peacefully.

The dance is part of the British Council s artistic regional programme entitled Inclusive Cities, which aims to celebrate life in East Asia, China and the UK through performances, workshops and collaborative projects.

The 45-minute dance starts at 8pm. Tickets are available free from the British Council, 20 Thuy Khue Street, Ha Noi. VNS

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