Inside/Outside is an installation and performance for three choreographed musicians based on a concept by Nguyen Thanh Thuy. The project is now heading off for an international tour starting at Världskulturmuseet in Göteborg, continuing to the well-renowned Audio Art Festval in Krákow and then on to the South East Asian Arts Festival in London, finishing off with a longer show at the Sidney Cooper Gallery in Canterbury.
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. But who are these musicians? They play Asian instruments and wear traditional Vietnamese queen costumes 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.
Planetafestivalen, Världskulturmuseet, Stockholm. 31 October.
SEA ArtsFest 2015, London. 21 November
Audio Art Festival 2015, Krákow. 18 November
Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury. 26 – 28 November