HCMC dance fest to feature The Mist, Hagoromo

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Japanese dancer and choreographer Kaiji Moriyama will perform Hagoromo (gown of fairy) at the International Dance Festival in Ho Chi Minh City

The very first International Dance Festival in Ho Chi Minh City will take place at the city's Opera House on November 20 and 21 with the participation of choreographers and dancers from Italy, Japan and Korea and the host Vietnam.

The first show will feature performances of choreographers and dancers from the three foreign countries, such as the traditional dance Hagoromo (gown of fairy) of Japanese artist Kaiji Moriyama.

The next day, Vietnamese dance troupe Arabesque, which is organizing the festival, will stage "The Mist," a contemporary dance show that reveals the cycles of rural Vietnamese life.

"The Mist" will be performed in the US next year as the troupe has been selected to tour with the prestigious Center Stage tour, a program initiated by the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The group's dancers and choreographers have won several awards at international dance competitions, such as the Korea International Modern Dance Competition last year in Seoul.

Apart from the two dance shows, the festival will include a workshop with choreographer Kim Sungyong from South Korea on November 22 at Le Thanh Theater, 25 Phan Phu Tien Street, Ward 10, District 5.

The foreign artists will cover various subjects including awareness of the body in contemporary dance; contemporary dance movement and experience; and floor dance technique.

Arabesque, which has successfully carried out several contemporary dance projects, including Wood; Tick Tock; and Story of the Shoes, will organize the festival annually every September starting next year.

The city's Opera House is located at No. 7 Lam Son Square, District1.

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