Fights between the individual and her community are endless. Depicting how exposed we are, how we can lose our humanity might lull us to sleep, but it might wake us up to the brutal reality of everyday battles. Strong, raw movements, sudden and unexpected changes between scenes, which intentionally bring us out of our comfort zone and show us that the line between imagination and reality isn’t always sharp. The characters are driven by an instinctive and overwhelming force and formulate some well-known feelings with unmasked sincerity. Quan’s work is unusual, special, beautiful and shocking at the same time.
Choreographer: Quan Bui Ngoc
“During the autumn of 2016 I had a chance to meet and work with the company of Éva Duda in the framework of a workshop I held for them. I was fascinated by the stamina and the openness of the dancers to novel ideas and it inspired me to continue the work with them. As a member of ’Les Ballets C de la B’ and following my several years of work with them I started to develop a working method that I’d use with the Duda Éva Company, too.
Typically my work is inspired by the people I work with. It is their stories, their fantasies and their dreams I care about. When starting a new rehearsal process, we share our stories and our dreams with each other and I always try to find the strongest ideas among them and develop them during the improvisations. The final decision about which of the improvisations or choreographies make it to opening night depends on the dancers and I always choose the ones that they feel at home in and the ones that suit them.”
When choosing the themes of my work I try to focus on topics which are personal and intimate for the performers, but easy to recognise and associate with for the audience. I trust that the spectator can identify or recognise herself in the show, for the freedom of interpretation will leave her with solutions with personal references.”
QUAN BUI NGOC was born in 1976 in Hanoi, Vietnam. He started his education at the Vietnam State Ballet Institution as a child, then joined the Hanoi Opera in 1996. In 1997, at the invitation of Bernadett Tripier, he went to France and continued his education at the Istres Dance School, where he takes up contemporary dance. Next to his own projects he also works for the Vietnam Opera. In 2002 he meets Alain Platel and they create several pieces together, including Wolf, Vsprs and Pitié! He also creates his own project, Jump and Fall with Juliana Neves and Samuel Lefeuvre. He regularly works with the drama department of the Ghent Conservatory and offers courses in Belgium, Vietnam, Sweden and France.
Quan’s primary goal is not perfecting the form, but he still makes incredibly spectacular and complicated compositions, while expecting his dancers to learn a set of movements which are technically challenging and on a very high level. His work evokes both the physical and the emotional in the dancer, thereby often guiding this participants and the spectators to new, unbeaten paths. He aims at extreme and emotional solutions and is regarded as a groundbreaking artist in both his homeland and Belgium.
Performers: Bea Egyed, Jessica Simet, Márton Csuzi, Gábor Ivanov, Andor Rusu
Zenei szerkesztő: Jeromos Kovács
Light designer: Ferenc Payer
Costume designer: Julcsi Kiss
Choreographer assistant: Bea Csák
Production manager: Barbara Czveiber
Artistic director: Éva Duda