Nguyễn Thanh Thuy

Performance & Talk

Performance: Vodou

“Vodou vibrations sounds of memories of fields and burdens living in translations and broken bows balancing on plateaus while speaking to one self and scratching the surface of the raft while drifting away” is a solo performance by Nguyễn Thanh Thủy with video projections and prerecorded sounds. Concept and choreography by Marie Fahlin. Music by Nguyễn Thanh Thủy. They’re exploring a field where their past bodies transmit, spill over on and vibrate with their present bodies. Creating a site of exhibited images, movements, music and text, a terrain where choreography merge, and collide, with the other disciplines. They’re moving through memories of burdens, limits and deformations, re-formulating and transforming them to new vibrations – ex-changing you ex-changing me.

Nguyễn Thanh Thủy and Marie Fahlin have been working together since 2012 on several productions that are part of a series of explorations at the threshold between music and dance in the international artistic research project Music in Movement, headed by the Malmö Academy of Music.

Talk: The Choreography of Gender in Traditional Vietnamese music

My focus is the use of gesture in traditional Vietnamese music from the perspective of being a dan tranh instrumentalist with a broad and international experience. Even if my research is not literally about choreography I want to bring music and choreography together in experimental works that are developed by musicians and choreographers together. One of the aims is to investigate the social function and meaning of musical gesture in traditional Vietnamese music. Such findings have been a point of departure in the making of several experimental works in which I intentionally re-conceptualize myself and my social role as a female performer. In this talk, I would like to introduce some works from the last three years: Inside/Outside, Go To Hell, Seven Stories, Vodou, as well as briefly discuss the artistic method in these projects.


Nguyễn Thanh Thủy was born into a theatre family in Hà Nội. Since 2000 she holds a teaching position at the Vietnam National Academy of Music. She has received many distinctions; She works with both traditional and experimental music as a đàn tranh performer/improvisor; collaborates with many musicians and composers, and has toured in Asia, Europe, the USA. She has released many CDs, and since 2012 she is carrying out an artistic doctoral project at the Malmö Academy of Music concerned with gesture in traditional Vietnamese music.

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