(ENG) In a distant, fictional Vietnam, the echoes of pop music on cassette tape reverberate against the sounds of modern Vietnamese rap. Châu Kim-Sanh inhabits this space, metamorphosing through bodily states generated by the presence of coloured neon lights. Of this evening blue erupts a purpleness: “bầu trời màu tím xẩm” – an uncertain translation. Eyes closed, the neon haze returns her to the sensation of her ancestral land. Saigon, like many cities in South-East Asia, is flushed with these vivid lights. Here, embodied memory and the imaginary take a ride on a Honda Dream II motorcycle, across a humid sky whose wetness whips the face.
This solo is performed in its entirety from the squat position – a typically Asian posture. Audio recordings bespeckle the choreography, navigating between fantasized nostalgia, loss of language and sexual objectification – all three widely experienced by Asian diasporic populations. In Southeast Asia, rap culture is increasingly popular – giving a voice to a population marked by silence. Rap here is a prayer.
Choreography & performance Kim-Sanh Châu Music Hazy Montagne Mystique, JONAIR and Rắn Cạp Đuôi Collective Rehearsal Louise Michel Jackson Dramaturgy Be Heintzman Hope Lighting & technic Jon Cleveland Rap support Vladimir ‘7Starr’ Laurore, LilWaterboi Chuong Trinh, Nguyen Kim Phuong
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)(Canada) April 28-29-30 2022 Festival de danse contemporaine de Sherbrooke (Canada) August 19 2022 Festival Quartier des spectacles /Chinatown (Canada) Sept 23 2022 Semaines culturelles vietnamiennes /CCV Montréal /Maison de la culture NDG Oct 4 2023 Festival des arts performatifs de Rouyn-Noranda (Canada) Oct 13 2022 Kinergie /studio version (Vietnam) April 5 2023 Krossing Over Art Festival (Vietnam) April 14 2023 Guang Ming College /studio version (Philippines) April 20 2023 Performance Curators Initiatives /Dance Forum (Philippines) April 27 2023 Furies (Marsoui, Canada) July 29 2023 Parcours danse at Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto (canada) Nov 30 2023
Institut Français & Dancenter (Vietnam) March 2019 CCOV (Canada) July 2021 Maison de la culture Marie Uguay (Canada) December 2021 MAI (Canada) 2021-22
WITH ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
FTA Respirations Conseil des arts de Montréal Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec Conseil des arts du Canada