Il a été une fois

17, 18, 19 May ­20:30
20 May ­19:30
French and Dutch simultaneous translation

After Sécheresse et pluie, which saw her working with old peasant women from North Vietnam, choreographer Ea Sola now brings sixteen young people to sing and dance the ritual of separation. These farewells are quickly evoked by the ancient legend of the Dragon-Lord of the Vast Seas and the Princess of the Heights. The choreographer has written the libretto with the poet Nguyen Duy, and it is accompanied by music developed in accordance with the principles of traditional Taï Tu music. The legend merges into her own story as a Vietnamese teenager exiled in France. She has embarked on what she calls her "salvation" not so much a quest but a slow process of delving into her memory, which keeps taking her back from the delta of the Mekong River to the Red River, from South to North, into the harvests of her homeland, her lifeblood.

Concept & choreography: Ea Sola
Production: Compagnie Ea Sola, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Muziektheater (Amsterdam), La Filature (Mulhouse), kunstenFESTIVALdesArts
With the participation of: Conservatoire supérieur des arts scéniques et du cinéma, Théâtre Trân huo Trang (Hô Chi Minh)
Supported by: Ministère de la culture et de la francophonie, Association Française d'Action Artistique, Ambassade de France au Viêt-nam/Centre Culturel français, Département des Affaires internationales, Villa Médicis hors les murs, Ministère de la culture/département des arts scéniques/département des affaires internationales (Viêt-nam), Ministère des Affaires Etrangères (Viêt-nam), Ambassade du Viêt-nam en France, Air France

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