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Choreographer: Ngô Thanh Phương
Performers: Nguyên Nguyễn, Thương Lê, Hoàng Anh, Khang Nguyễn, Đắc Phúc
Program schedule: October 2 2020: 8 – 9:30 PM & October 3 2020: 8 – 10 PM
Location: The Factory, 15 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, Thảo Điền Ward, District 2, HCMC
Language of the talk: Vietnamese

X-PROJECT is a long-term artistic project with a focus on contemporary dance conceived in Hoi An. It is the result of 6 months of collaborative work between choreographer Ngô Thanh Phương (known for her choreography of Lune Production’s ‘Palao’ and ‘Tehdar’) and the five performers (participants of MORUA ARTS PROJECT, an artist-in-residency program for contemporary dance in Hoi An) Nguyên Nguyễn, Thương Lê, Hoàng Anh, Khang Nguyễn, Đức Phúc. After its debut this past July in Hue, X-PROJECT is now travelling to other cities to continue exploring new possibilities and ways of presenting itself to different communities.

X-PROJECT takes as its inspiration the variant ‘X’ (in maths), and the chromosome ‘X’ (in the determination and classification of both sexes). What is the body constructed of? Do we exist outside of our bodies? Can our bodies contain our dreams and the nuances of our emotions? How do we respond to our subconscious selves, and the selves of others? In our everyday life when we pass by each other, do we really encounter and interact? With X-PROJECT, the participating artists use the language of their bodies to seek answers, by mixing different genres of HipHop, Popping and Breaking with contemporary dance, and by moving between different cultural spheres and physical spaces.

X-PROJECT premieres in Saigon at The Factory, for only 2 nights—Oct 2 and Oct 3!

X-PROJECT is co-organized by The Factory and MORUA with sponsorship from The Factory and Goethe Institut Saigon’s ‘Idea Booster’ program. Special thanks to Arabesque and Star Academy for their support.

> Artists information: 

  • Choreographer: Ngô Thanh Phương
  • Assistant choreographer: Nguyễn Công Nguyên
  • Stage and lighting designer: Nguyễn Thúy Hằng
  • Music: La Y San
  • Performers: Nguyễn Hạ Xuân Nguyên, Thương Lê, Khang Nguyễn, Đức Phúc, Hoàng Anh
  • Project manager: Red 

> Program schedule:

October 2 2020

  • 8:00 – 8:45 PM: X-PROJECT performance
  • 8:45 – 9:30 PM: Artist talk with choreographer Ngô Thanh Phương and the performers

Discuss with the crew to explore the formation of X-PROJECT, the method of collaboration between crew members and the experience of different spaces that the performance takes place

October 3 2020

  • 8:00 – 8:45 PM: X-PROJECT performance
  • 9:00 – 10:00 PM: Cypher with Sami Lee

A cypher is freestyle dance jam where an open circle is created and people take turns dancing in the center. The cypher (or cipher) has deep, long-standing cultural roots in hip hop culture, African tradition, and even religious beliefs (source: Internet)

Participating fee for each date:

300,000VND (for early bird ticket – available for purchase online or at The Factory before 2 October)

350,000VND (for at-door ticket on the event date).

*INNER CIRCLE member/ Student: 300,000VND (for at-door ticket on the event date).

*Participants of the event allow The Factory and co-organizer (if applicable) to use their images and statements as a documentary for the program, for non-commercial purposes such as archive, press, media, promotion on our website, Facebook etc.

Background information:

MUARUA is an artist-in-residency program organized by MORUA ARTS PROJECT focusing on performance and performing art. This program was conceived in Hoi An with an aim to further explore the potentiality of contemporary art, as much as to develop the Hip-hop scene in Hoi An.

MORUA or “Mô rứa” means “elsewhere”, alluding to a space in between, a space for experimentation. In January 2020, an independent, not-for-profit project MORUA ARTS PROJECT (MAP) was founded by artist choreographer Ngô Thanh Phương. MORUA ARTS PROJECT is not driven by the end result, but rather, the project aspires to create an environment for practitioners to produce new works. Not fixated on any specific location or space, MORUA is dedicated to choreographers/dancers/performers that are invested in producing trans-inter-disciplinary works and exploring other expressions using their bodies and movements.


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