As the name of the work IntraStorm - hurricanes sweeping away all human knowledge about natural disasters and epidemics, young talented art director-choreographer Vu Ngoc Khai shares his perspective on life's origin, integrity and magnitude hidden in a small seed. Inspired from the events in 2020, his work highlighted the relationship between humans and Mother Earth.
The audiences are guided through different levels of emotions when their inner little happy choice is touched; burst to tears by Mother Nature's enduring patience for humans; enjoy the simplicity of staying focused to the present moment.
The contemporary dance raised such concern about environment protection as: "Will humanity be held accountable for the destruction of nature, or is everything in a samsara (cyclicality)?
"Acting like they are saving the Earth, in fact, humans are merely saving themselves. No one is irrelevant when humans satisfied their thirst for pleasure at the cost of diseases and natural disasters. Anyone can save themselves, save humanity by changing small habits in everyday life," said the artist.
Besides, IntraStorm (the image of a stone thrown on the lake surface forming concentric circles) also deals with the importance of the bond between family members, parents' role in nurturing and loving children properly. The obsessions about success and happiness in modern society has turned humans into robots and zombies, making them lose their empathy and gradually forget how to connect with true compassion.
Through contemporary dance language combining with live music and visual arts, IntraStorm offers audience a colorful outdoor art space.
Vu Ngoc Khai showcased the dancing technique of ‘Natural Physical Contact’ that is reminiscent of the movements of children, something we all seem to forget as adults.
Khai won first prize at the Ayang Young Choreographer Competition International Young Choreographer Competition in Korea in 2018. He is one of the young Vietnamese artists and choreographers who have worked for many years in Europe, performing significant achievements abroad. As the artistic director of 1648kilomet, he is building up the bridge between Vietnamese and international artists. With his partner, he creates many special performing arts programs (Non, Into the Well, The Nest, IntraStorm) and organizes projects for the community (From "I" To Others, Made in Vietnam).
Artists of the contemporary dance IntraStorm.
IntraStorm is a collaborative project between 1648kilomet and The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, with the support of T-group, The Core production, Navigator Studio, and Meraki Saigon.