HBSO to take successful ballet show back to stage
The modern ballet “Touching the Past” by choreographers Nguyen Phuc Hai and Nguyen Phuc Hung will make a comeback to the audience at the HCMC Opera House at 8 p.m. this Friday as part of a concert “Vietnamese Symphony Music and Contemporary Dance” organized by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO).
The ballet was inspired by the next generation’s feelings and thoughts about the war, losses, pain, love and separation after the wars that the country has experienced. The ballet has won the hearts of many local and international audiences following its first debut in 2013. The show is expected to help spectators to understand more about the values of life and appreciate the present life.
The music was composed by Vietnamese composers Vu Viet Anh, Nguyen Manh Duy Linh, and Philip Glass, Max Richter and Michael Nyman.
Nguyen Phuc Hai, head of the HBSO Ballet, graduated from the Vietnam National College of Dance in 1994. In 2011, he graduated from the HCMC Military University of Culture and Arts majoring in Choreography. He earned a scholarship on contemporary dance at the Atlantique Ballet (France). Hai has staged and performed in many dance events such as Brother, Off-key, Human, Zic Zac, Windows, Dream Puzzles, Motion, Water, Nostalgia, and Touching the Past.
Nguyen Phuc Hung graduated with distinctions in 1994 from the Vietnam National College of Dance. He has successfully performed lead roles in some popular ballets in Vietnam, such as Red Pearls, Luc Van Tien-Kieu Nguyet Nga, and Carmen. He was given the Premier Prize in the 1997 Vietnam Dance Competition; the Gold Medal and Excellent Artist Award in the 1st National Festival of Ballet Works 2001, and many other domestic awards. He has staged many art dances such as Tango, Motion, Dialogue, Dream Puzzles, and Touching the Past.