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Director: Tricia Nguyễn
Performers: Bạch Mai, Minh Tú, Trâm Nguyễn and Trang Phạm
Speaker: Hương Ngô
Date: 26 September 2020
Time: 5-6 PM ‘New Women’ performance | 6-7 PM online artist talk with Hương Ngô
Location: The Factory, 15 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, Thảo Điền Ward, District 2, HCMC
Language of ‘New Women’ performance: in Vietnamese (script in English available)
Language of artist talk: English with Vietnamese translation

The stage, props and script of ‘New Women’ have been on view since Hương Ngô’s exhibition ‘Lost from View’ opened, now witness it come alive! To celebrate the last viewing week of this solo show, we are excited to invite you to a ‘dramatic reading’ of the work ‘New Women’; produced and directed for The Factory by local artists Tricia Nguyễn, with performances by Bạch Mai, Minh Tú, Trâm Nguyễn and Trang Phạm.

‘New Women’ tells the story of three women working for a contemporary women’s magazine and was originally written in 1944 by seminal Vietnamese playwright Vũ Đình Long. Although the play was seen as ‘modernizing’ because of its French-influenced ‘théâtre-parlé’ style, the plot champions a patriarchal, Confucian gender structure: the main female character is preyed upon by the male publisher of the magazine and one woman is pitted against another. Ngô uses this 20th century story to re-examine how patriarchy and capitalism operate in concert, yet invisibly, to exploit female-identifying bodies. In her dramatic reading, Hương Ngô adapted the play by omitting all of the male voices. This process leaves behind blank spaces and long pauses, opening the text to a contemporary reinterpretation.

The original play was inspired by the actual magazine Phụ nữ Tân văn, which was published out of Saigon from 1929 – 1935 and covered a wide range of topics including home-making, child rearing, relationships with the family, and politics.

Please note that due to COVID-19, Hương Ngô joins us for this event from Chicago, speaking with us online, for live presentation and Q&A, from 6pm.

Program schedule:

5:00 – 6:00 PM: ‘New Women’, a performance in Vietnamese (script in English available)

6:00 – 7:00 PM: Artist talk with Hương Ngô, in English with Vietnamese translation

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Participating fee:

Adult: 130,000VND (purchase online) | 150,000VND (purchase at-door)

➖ Inner Circle member/ Student: 40,000VND

For more information, please contact our Facebook page or hotline +84 (028)3 744 2589 (from 10g00 to 19g00, Wednesday to Sunday)

*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.

‘New Women’ performance at The Factory

Artist talk with Hương Ngô


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