(No.8, Vol.6,Oct-Nov 2016 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)
Floating ink and natural waste
Till 21 October
Till 21, October artist Sto Len will set up his studio at Manzi Art Space and invite visitors to see his works produced in Hanoi and New York.
Sto captures unexpected moments of beauty in the form of monoprints following Japanese Suminagashi (floating ink) marbling methods.
In Vietnam, Sto will be continuing his recent body of work of printing on old maps and posters – a ‘collaboration’ that unsettles the seeming rigidity and authority of cartography and official information. He will also be producing his ‘natural waste’ prints – having realized that he can employ his printing technique in the soiled waterways of New York, he has been experimenting with pulling prints of poisonous beauty out of them and is looking to do the same in the many bodies of water in Hanoi and its surroundings.
Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich St, Hanoi. Free entry.
Till 29 October
Dong Phong Gallery is running an exhibition by artist Nguyen Cong Cu till 29 October. Emotions of anger, sadness, happiness and social frustration are expressed in his artworks, which use the technique of collage and acrylic on canvas.
Dong Phong Gallery, 3 Ly Dao Thanh St, Hanoi.
‘Across the forest’
Till 6 November
‘Across the Forest’ is an exhibition of Jarai artist Truong Cong Tung at Nha San Collective till 6 November. The exhibition shows a deep-rooted fascination with the history and culture of the Jarai, an ethnic group in Central Highlands. Fusing folklore elements with his personal observation of the landscape and the lives of the modern Jarai people, his video installation work paints a bleak portrait and the state of a community confronted with numerous upheavals.
Nha San Collective, 15th floor, Hanoi Creative City Building, 1 Luong Yen St, Hanoi.
21 and 22 October
A romantic ballet ‘Giselle’ will be shown at 8 p.m. 21 and 22 October at the Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi.
The ballet is about a peasant girl named Giselle, who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another. The Wilis, a group of supernatural women who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave. They target her lover for death, but Giselle's great love frees him from their grasp.
Tickets range from VND300,000.
Tickets are available at Hanoi Opera House, or can book over www.ticketvn.
A storm of music
Monsoon Music festival 2016 is on from 21-23 October at Thang Long Citadel. This year the festival includes famous Vietnamese and international singers and music bands from UK, USA, Denmark, France, Sweden, Germany, Korea, Japan and South Africa.
Thang Long Citadel, 12 Nguyen Tri Phuong St, Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi.
Tickets start from VND550,000.
A worthy goal
Hanoi New Music Ensemble (HNME) was founded in 2015 with the hope to ‘change the musical tastes of the Vietnamese audience and bring the international and local contemporary music to Vietnam.’ The band will perform 8 p.m. 23 October at the L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien St, Hanoi. Ticket: VND100,000
Conductor Henri Pompidor, baritone Phuc Tiep, mezzo soprano Phuong Uyen, tenor Nguyen Vu, pianist Nguyen Hang and artists from the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra will play a ‘Symphony Concert’ at 8 p.m. 25 October at Vietnam National Academy of Music, 77 Hao Nam St, Hanoi.
Tickets range from VND200,000. Tickets are available at Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St, Hanoi or can book be booked at www.ticketvn.
Subscription Concert 95
26 and 27 October
‘Subscription Concert Vol.95’ will be showed at 8 p.m. on 26 and 27 October at Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi.
The show has participations by conductor Olivier Ochanine, pianists Pham Quynh Trang and Tran Tam Ngoc, and artists from the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets start from VND200,000. Tickets are available at Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St, Hanoi or can book be booked at www.ticketvn.
Sound of the wind
Pianist Pho An My collaborates with composer Dang Tue Nguyen to present ‘Wind’, inspired by a classic Chèo opera, ‘Guanyin Thị Kinh’. Thanh Hoai using Vietnamese Chèo opera combined with piano melody of pianist Pho An My will bring audiences an unique experience.
The show is on 8 p.m. 29 October at the Worker’s Theatre, 43 Trang Tien St, Hanoi. Tickets start from VND600,000. Book online ticket over www.ticketvn or call 0169 8969 489/ 0123 9008 284
Local artists add sound to silent film
On the stage of L’Espace at 8 p.m. 29 October, French guitarist Sylvain Streiff, zither player Nguyen Thuy Dung and pianist Phan Phuc will accompany the live screening of the Japanese silent film ‘A Page of Madness’ from 1926. The artists share a deep interest in traditional Vietnamese music, experimental music and the preparation of instruments.
L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi. Ticket: VND170,000
Subscription Concert 96
11 and 12 November
‘Subscription Concert Vol.96’ will be on at 8 p.m. 11 and 12 November at the Hanoi Opera House with conductor Honna Tetsuji, baritone Matthias Goerne from Germany and artists from Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra.
The prices range from VND200,000. Tickets are available at the Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi or can book over www.ticketvn.
Six decades of music
To celebrate the 60th year of Vietnam National Academy of Music, conductor Honna Tetsuji will lead artists from Vietnam National Academy of Music, the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, the Vietnam National Opera Ballet Orchestra and the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra, bringing audiences a special concert at 8 p.m. on 25 November at the Vietnam National Academy of Music, 77 Hao Nam St, Hanoi.
Tickets range from VND200,000. Tickets are available at Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St, Hanoi or can book over www.ticketvn.
Much ado about something
Till 29 October
Movies about Shakespeare’s plays will be screened every Saturday from now till 29 October at The Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents in Hanoi and at the Hoa Sen University in Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnamese audiences will be delighted by the timeless values in Shakespeare works through a fine collection of movies, which include Romeo and Juliet (1968), Much Ado about Nothing (1993) and Richard III (1995).
Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents (TPD), 4th floor, 51 Tran Hung Dao St, Hanoi.
Hoa Sen University, 8 Nguyen Van Trang St, Dist 1, HCMC.
Please register for free tickets at http://svy.mk/2doA7t5 (Hanoi) or http://svy.mk/2cszYoc (Ho Chi Minh City).
Chronicling the Old Quarter
Till 20 October
Muong Studio Invites audiences to see ‘Hanoi Old Quarter’ through the eyes of students from Fine Art University after a 45-day field trip.
Without restrictions on material or methodology, the exhibition presents sketches, water colour, oil painting, silk, sculpture, print, installation, book art and sound art.
It runs till 20 October at Muong Studio, 202 Tay Tien St, Hoa Binh Province.
Showing ‘love’ to Nha Trang City
Till 22 October
‘Sea of Love’, an exhibition panting of popular Vietnamese painter Pham Luc, is on till 22 October at Sunrise Nha Trang, 12-14 Tran Phu St, Nha Trang.
The exhibition includes 74 paintings, covering various painting genres including classical European styles of townscape, landscape, seascape, still life, figurative composition, intimate nudes and self-portraits. The works are done in a variety of classical painting media, including oil on canvas, oil on paper, and the artist’s trademark — oil on rice sacks, gouache and water-colour, as well as in the traditional Vietnamese lacquer technique.
The paintings depict the beauty of Nha Trang City in many different aspects.
HO CHI MINH CITY
The Art of Women
Park Hyatt Saigon organizes ‘Art at the Park 2016’, with the theme of 'women.' The event includes a painting exhibition organized by Craig Thomas Gallery, a special performance by renowned painter Lieu Nguyen Huong Duong, a solo dance by Dao Thuy Thuy Van from Arabesque, a fashion show by designer Thuy Nguyen, a performance of the HCMC Conservatory of music and Saigon Philharmonic Orchestra. It is on 22 October at the Park Hyatt Saigon, 2 Lam Son Square, Dist.1, HCMC.
Searching for peace
Till 27 October
An exhibition, ‘Where is the place of peace’ by artist Le Thuy is on at Craig Thomas Gallery till 27 October. In the setting of the Vietnamese countryside, her paintings depict the life-and-death struggle of nature and is often tinged with a large dollop of madness and even the macabre.
Craig Thomas Gallery, 165 Calmette, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Solo view of Hanoi
Till 30 October
‘Hanoi on My Own’, a lacquer painting exhibition by Trinh Tuan and Cong Kim Hoa is on till 30 October at Eight Gallery, 8 Phung Khac Khoan St, Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Fired up about pottery
Till 30 October
The Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, in cooperation with the Consulate – General of Japan in HCMC proudly present an exhibition, ‘Japanese Pottery: The Rising Generation from Traditional Japanese Kilns’ till 30 October at the Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, 92 Le Thanh Ton St, Dist.1, HCMC.
‘Japanese Pottery – The Rising Generation from Traditional Japanese Kilns’ introduces the works of 35 artists from seven major traditional kiln sites in Japan. They differ in orientation, including some who carry on long traditions of pottery production while pursuing ever-richer standards in their craft and others who seek to create individualistic works exploring new forms. The theme of the exhibition focuses on ‘vessels’, endeavoring to show how ceramic artists understand the function of vessels.
The politics of food
Till 24 November
The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre is organizing an exhibition: ‘Flat Sunlight’ by artist Lena Bui till 24 November.
The exhibition is the result of half a year living and observing traditional farming life in rural Vietnam. She is wary of globalization and the effect this is having not only on the quality of the food we eat, but also its disruption of traditional farming communities.
The final work in this exhibition gives viewers a filmic window onto the everyday life of a Vietnamese livestock farmer. Throughout this exhibition weaves a series of texts in response to the work on view, written by local Vietnamese scientists and an emerging playwright, as scientific record and artistic inflection. Showcasing film, installation and drawing, this exhibition will also possess an interactive science corner; a public lecture series for adults; and art/science workshops for children curated by Dr. Mary Chambers and the Public Engagement team at the Oxford Clinical Research Unit.
The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, 15 Nguyen U Di St, Dist.2, HCMC
Vietnam Heritage Photo Awards 2016
From 23 October to March, 2017
This year, Vietnam Heritage Photo Awards 2016, organized by Vietnam Heritage with Canon as main sponsor, attracted 507 photographers with 5,446 photos submitting to the contest. 100 selected photos will be displayed in Binh Thuan Province, Khanh Hoa Province, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang.
In Binh Thuan Province, from 23 to 28 October at the Ocean Dune Resort, 1 Ton Duc Thang St, Phan Thiet City.
In Khanh Hoa Province, from 3 to 8 November at the Nha Trang University, 2 Nguyen DInh Chieu St, Nha Trang and from 11 to 14 November at the 2/4 Square, Tran Phu St, Nha Trang.
In Ho Chi Minh City, 30 October to 10 November at the Vietnam National University HCMC, Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc District and from 15 to 17 November at the Youth Cultural House, 4 Pham Ngoc Thach St, Dist.3.
In Hanoi, from 8 to 12 November at the Foreign Trade University, 91 Chua Lang St, Dong Da Dist and from 28 November, 2016 to 28 February, 2017 at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Nguyen Van Huyen St, Cau Giay Dist.
In Danang, from 23 November, 2016 to 30 March, 2017 at the Museum of Cham Sculpture, No2, 2/9 St, Binh Hien, Hai Chau Dist.