Choreography by Thang Dao
Photo by Tony Spielberg
Due in great part to the overwhelming response to Ballet Austin II’s world premiere of Thang Dao’s Quiet Imprint last spring, we’ve brought the production back this fall with four shows, October 15-17, 2010.
Quiet Imprint explores the narrative of Vietnamese men and women displaced by the Vietnam War. In particular, New York-based choreographer and New American Talent / Dance winner Thang Dao looked to members of the Central Texas Vietnamese community, listening to their stories and drawing on their experiences as inspiration for the work.
For Quiet Imprint, Dao chose the music of Trinh Cong Son, an iconic figure in Vietnamese music, particularly to the generation that suffered through the war. His muse, Khanh Ly, sang all of the beautiful original recordings of his songs in Vietnam. But insisting on more than just the recordings for his piece, Dao contacted Ly to see if she might be interested in performing the music for the ballet live. Thankfully, she obliged.
I can say from experiencing the show last spring, that Dao’s movement set to her vocals is a stunning combination, and Ly will be returning to accompany the upcoming performances.
Watch the video above to see excerpts from the world premiere of Quiet Imprint, and watch the video below to see an interview with choreographer Thang Dao about creating the piece, as well as studio rehearsal footage.
And join us in the AustinVentures StudioTheater for Quiet Imprint, October 15-17!