Inside/Outside

Venue: Studio 1 in the Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way London SE14 6NW

Date: 21st November

Time: 3pm and 7pm

Inside/Outside

Inside/Outside

Inside/Outside is an installation and performance for three choreographed musicians based on a concept by Nguyen Thanh Thuy. Adopting a gender perspective on how traditional Vietnamese music is presented in Vietnamese TV shows, the installation depicts the musicians as wax dolls in glass boxes in a dark room.

By the glass boxes you will find headphones with which you can enter a sonic world ‘inside’ the main performance in the video. As well as musical fragments, there are stories told by the individual musicians that place their performances against a tension between traditional Vietnamese culture and a globalized society.

But who are these musicians? They play Asian instruments and wear traditional Vietnamese queen costume but one of them appears to be a Western man. What is Inside and what is Outside in this self-reflective imagery?

The choreography, by Marie Fahlin, is based on analysis of gesture in Vietnamese TV-shows. The music, by The Six Tones (Nguyen Thanh Thuy, Ngo Tra My, Stefan Östersjö) and Matt Wright, builds layer upon layer of material from two traditional Vietnamese pieces.

The first version of the piece was performed at the Kim Ma Theatre in Hanoi in October 2012. Inside/Outside was staged again at the Inter Arts Center in Malmö, Sweden with performances on November 28 and 29 during the festival Tacit or Loud: where is the knowledge in art? On March 6, a new video installation version of Inside/Outside was presented for the first time in a new exhibition at the museum of world cultures. The film was shot by Maria Norrman at the Inter Arts Center in Malmö in December 2014.

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