BLEU NÉON | by Châu Kim-Sanh (Equivoc’), MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) April 28 – 30, 2022

© Kinga Michalska

Between Dance, Movement and Vietnamese Rap: a Journey to the Rediscovery of an Imaginary Homeland

In a distant, fictional Vietnam, the echoes of pop music on cassette tape reverberate against the sounds of modern Vietnamese rap. Châu Kim-Sanh inhabits this space, metamorphosing through bodily states generated by the presence of coloured neon lights. Of this evening blue erupts a purpleness: “bầu trời màu tím xẩm” – an uncertain translation. Eyes closed, the neon haze returns her to the sensation of her ancestral land. Saigon, like many cities in South Asia, is flushed with these vivid lights. Here, embodied memory and the imaginary take a ride on a Honda Dream II motorcycle, across a humid sky whose wetness whips the face.

This solo is performed in its entirety from the squat position – a typically Asian posture. Audio recordings bespeckle the choreography, navigating between fantasized nostalgia, loss of language and sexual objectification – all three widely experienced by Asian diasporic populations. In Southeast Asia, rap culture is increasingly popular – giving a voice to a population marked by silence. Rap here is a prayer.

All BLEU NÉON performances are relaxed performances. There is a more relaxed attitude to noise and movement within the theatre during the performance. The reception, soundscape and visual atmosphere are adapted to create a calm and inclusive environment. Additional support tools are also made available to the audience, such as a detailed show guide, visual stories, familiarization visits, etc. Relaxed performances (RP) are open to all, and may specifically address the needs of people who identify with a sensory or intellectual disability, a neurological or learning disability, people who experience anxiety, people with newborns or anyone who is uncomfortable with the conventions of a traditional theatre environment.

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Choreography & Performance: Châu Kim-Sanh
Music & Rap: Hazy Montagne Mystique, Chittakone Baccam (composition), JONAIR, Duy Quang Vu (paroles rap), Rắn Cạp Đuôi Collective
Rehearsals: Louise Michel Jackson
Dramaturgy: Be Heintzman Hope
Production: Andrea Rideout
Technique & lighting: Jon Cleveland
Video: Guillaume Vallée
Photos: Kinga Michalska

by Châu Kim-Sanh

28 APR 7:30 pm
29 APR 7:30 pm
30 APR 4 pm
30 APR 7:30 pm

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680 Jeanne-Mance, Montreal

514 982-3386

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