The highlight of the month was this contemporary circus-theatre show from
, Làng Tôi (My Village) that was premiered at the Musée du Quai Branly. I didn’t think much about it when I first heard about it, to tell the truth. Prejudices, prejudices! Vietnam
The choreographer of the show had seen a performance of NINA – materialize sacrifice in
and wrote to me after he finally spotted me on Facebook. He was sensitive to the fact that the music had been written by a Vietnamese composer. After a few exchanges, it was clear that we had a lot in common. He was about to come to Tokyo to supervise the premiere of Làng tôi and wanted to invite me. I asked Julia to join me, without really knowing what to expect. Both of us were spellbound and speechless throughout the whole show, like children marvelling at a magic trick. It was much more than a circus show. The skills of the performers were never the centre of focus, but very subtly integrated in a very poetic narrative depicting one day in a Vietnamese village. The music came from the different parts of the country. It wasn’t a particular village, more an idealization of different parts of the country. The stage design was sumptuous yet very simple: everything was based on bamboo poles. Different structures were being built, transformed during the show just with these bamboo poles. I was amazed, proud and happy. At last something beautiful and of quality was being created from France . I hope more projects like this one will come in the future. Vietnam
The audience was enthusiastic. A well deserved success!
I was introduced to Tuân Le, the stage director after the show, a young man whose modesty hid an enormous talent. He’s been apparently hired by Le Cirque du Soleil to perform with them during two full years in the
. We’ll meet again in the coming days. Premieres are never the best time to talk. USA
I will compel my parents to see Làng Tôi. They must see it! Everyone must!
Speaking of contemporary circus, I have received a mail from a woman who is interested in me for a big project in
. A dancer friend of mine who lives in Vietnam Saigon is working with her and apparently sang praises of my work to her. What I do seems to fit what she has in mind.
Strange that it all comes at the same time. I had been saying my mantras for the past weeks, trying to chase away all negative thoughts – a tough one, considering my present situation. I wasn’t asking for anything, just visualizing good projects coming my way, travels and a better financial state. I am now fully aware of the power of thoughts and words. Therefore it is important to get away of all routine of thoughts, all habits and mechanism that I have gathered through the years. The challenge is prodigious; it’s like learning to speak again. I feel like a sorcerer’s apprentice. And more than once I showed to myself how powerful every single thought is for it materializes when we voice it out.
I will meet this woman in a couple of weeks when she comes to
. Whatever happens doesn’t matter, the fact that the possibility happens is already incredible and exciting! Paris