James Cousins to bring UK contemporary dance to Vietnam

By Minh Hung, Thanh Nien News

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James Cousins and his dancers will perform in Hanoi on October 22 and Ho Chi Minh City on October 25-26. Photo credit: British Council Vietnam James Cousins and his dancers will perform in Hanoi on October 22 and Ho Chi Minh City on October 25-26. Photo credit: British Council Vietnam

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The UK dance company James Cousins will perform in Vietnam this month during their East Asia tour with dance productions inspired by Haruki Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood.
Organized by the British Council Vietnam, James Cousins and his dancers will hit the Youth Theatre in Hanoi in a one-night-only show on October 22.
They will then bring their productions to IDECAF stage on 25 and 26.
The British dancers will perform Without Stars and There We Have Been, two dance productions inspired by the Murakami’s novel.
“The two productions are touching and emotionally charged pieces of work with intense folding, wrapping and balancing,” according to British Council Vietnam.
Cherry Gough, country director of British Council Vietnam, said James Cousins, a graduate of the London School of Contemporary Dance, is widely considered to be one of the brightest new stars of contemporary dance in the UK.
“We’re delighted to be bringing the best of British contemporary dance to Vietnamese audiences... We hope audiences in Vietnam will be both entertained and inspired by this beautiful and thought-provoking performance,” she said.
James Cousins founded the dance company in 2012 with creative producer Francesca Moseley to explore new ideas with his team of collaborators and to tour his critically acclaimed productions throughout the UK and internationally.
Also in 2012, James Cousins won the inaugural Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Choreography Award. He has been recognised by Time Out magazine as one of the future faces of dance.
Apart from staged performances, James Cousins and his dancers will deliver a dance workshop with choreographers and dancer students at the Vietnam’s Military University of Culture and Arts on October 23.
Tickets of VND100.000 and VND200,000 (US$4.7-9.4) are available at Hanoi’s Youth Theater, 11 Ngo Thi Nham, and Ho Chi Minh City’s IDECAF, 31 Thai Van Lung and HCM Ballet Symphony and Orchestra, 7 Cong Truong Lam Son. Online tickets are sold on ticketbox.vn.

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