Through the Eyes of the Phoenix

Direction, coordination, choreography Qua Mat Phuong Hoang (Through the Eyes of the Phoenix) for Vietnam Opera Ballet Theatre in collaboration with Tina Yong and Sun Ping, composers Sarah de Jong and Pho Duc Phuong, designer Michael Pearce, with Nguyen Cong Nhac and dancers, singers and musicians from the Vietnam Opera Ballet Theatre, Hanoi.

A dance, theatre and music collaboration which draws on Vietnamese folk opera and court styles, French colonial social dances combined with Asian pop styles and contemporary dance. The phoenix is a metaphor for rebirth; the new arising from the old, both in cultural customs and dance styles. The work also explores the similarities between bird and human behaviour portraying the phoenix in various guises.

For further information refer to doctoral thesis, Making Intercultural Dance in Vietnam, under Publications.