Chung Nguyen is an artist, choreographer and movement educator based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Chung's works engage with the different qualities of presence of body in relation to movement, time, space and object; across disciplines of dance, performance art, and visual art.
Across 2009-2016, Chung worked at Arabesque Dance Company (Vietnam), T.H.E Dance Company (Singapore), and Cinevox Junior Company (Switzerland), and in 2013 was awarded a special prize at the Korea International Modern Dance Competition.
In 2017, Chung started working as an independent artist, and has completed artist-in residencies such as Deep in the Mountains (Korea), Southeast Asia Choreolab, facilitated by Isabelle Schad (Malaysia), The International Choreographers Residency-American Dance Festival (North Carolina, USA), Platform/s-ADF Alumni-Kelola Workshop; facilitated by Helly Minarti & Daniel Kok (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), and performed as a guest artist in community project Memento Mori (Vietnam).
Chung’s individual works, and collaborations with other artists / performers in dance, visual art, and sound art have been presented on stage, and in gallery spaces and site-specific performances across Vietnam, America, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, Switzerland.
Chung has received funding support from Asian Cultural Council in partnership with Kelola Foundation, Prince Claus Fund, and Goethe-Institut Ho Chi Minh City.
2017 to Present : CHOREOGRAPHER / PERFORMANCE ARTIST / MOVEMENT EDUCATOR
2015-2016 : CINEVOX JUNIOR COMPANY (Switzerland)
2014-2015 : T.H.E DANCE COMPANY (Singapore)
2009-2013 : ARABESQUE DANCE COMPANY (Vietnam)
2020: The Sack - A video work by Chung Nguyen
2019: Performed in Inside Out - a performative exhibition created by Isabella Schad ( Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
2019 : The Live[ing] room - a series of performances (ongoing) / Performance Plus at A.Farm (HCMC, Vietnam)
2019 : The Sack - a series of performances (ongoing) / The International Choreographers Residency; American Dance Festival (North Carolina, USA), Para//el Performance Space (Brooklyn, USA), Performance Plus at Mot+++ (HCMC,Vietnam)
2019 : While in RD, in collaboration with Sherli Novalinda / Dancing In Place (Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia)
2019 : The Hooks: No.2 / Time Between Project: Ether (HCMC, Vietnam)
2018 : Guest artist / Memento Mori - a comunity project (Da Lat & Hoi An, Vietnam)
2018 : IMbalance, in collaboration with Khanh Chinh, Tieu Thinh / Wintercearig Project (HCMC, Vietnam)
2018 : The Hooks: No.1 / Daegu International Dance Festival (Daegu, Korea)
2018 : Is There, in collaboration with Boram Jun / sound composer: Tine Surel Lange / M1 Off Stage (Singapore)
2018 : Invisible Flow, in collaboration with Huu Thuan / sound artist: Sto Len / Krossing Over Arts Festival at Galerie Quynh (HCMC, Vietnam)
2017 : Is There, in collaboration with Boram Jun / sound composer: Tine Surel Lange / Korea National Theater (Seoul, Korea)
2017 : Reallusion, an interactive work with sculpture of Visual artist Ly Hoang Ly, in collaboration with Ngo Thanh Phuong, Huu Thuan, Thuy Van / sound artist: Dao Duy Tung / lighting: Duong Quoc Khoa / The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre (HCMC, Vietnam)
2017 : A Trip Of / M1 Open Stage (Singapore)
2017 : A Trip Of / Open Stage, Tanz Lobby Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland)
2015 : Sleep Walker - a collaborative performance with Thuy Van at Sao La & Saigon Ranger (HCMC, Vietnam)
2002-2009 : VIETNAM DANCE ACADEMY / Major: Ballet, Vietnamese Folk Dance
14-21/02/2020: Organs Systems course, approved by Somatic Education Australasia (Australia)
24/02-02/03/2020: Basic Neurocellular Patterns course, approved by Somatic Education Australasia (Australia)
2013 : Korean Dance Association Award / Korea International Modern Dance Competition
2019 : Platform/s, ADF Alumni - Kelola Workshop / facilitated by Helly Minarti & Daniel Kok (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
2019 : The International Choreographers Residency, American Dance Festival / Supported by Asian Cultural Council, in partnership wth Kelola Foundation (Durham, North Carolina, USA)
2018 : Deep in the mountains / Supported by Korea Arts Council (Korea)
2018 : Southeast Asia Chorelab / facilitated by Isabelle Schad / Travel supported by Goethe Institut Ho Chi Minh City (Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia)
“Being a dancer has given me valuable experience of body sensation and explore the qualities of body movement. But being a performance artist is like a transformation of what I’ve experienced in dance. I’m driven to expand my artistic practice and change my thinking into a new way of working through the body, and to be connected directly from my personal concern to society”.
Explanation of why I decided to shift from dance practice to performance art practice:
In my early work as a dancer, I was focusing on how to develop movement technique and its quality in space. The body was central to my practice, yet I felt that there was a distance between the body and the viewers. With performance art, I focus less on movement technique, and more on the concept of the body and its process. I simplify the body movement and explore the body and its movement as an interactive space to the viewers. In performance art, I am liberated to work with the body in different ways without limitations of time, space and material.
My works focus on the collaboration between the body, objects, and the viewers in relation to the actions, spaces and materialities in everyday life. In my early works in performance art, The Hooks and The Sack, I chose to focus on a single object - one that I could use to cover my body, or transform its function in the performance. But then I questioned if there was a way to open more possibilities for my work without restricting but expanding on that idea. I realized that these elements such as the body, objects and spaces are all part of our daily life. For example, the space and the viewers, and how they interact with my work, could also become an interesting aspect of the performance.
For each performance, I encourage the viewers to create their own way to see the performance, and open a space for both performer and viewer to experience themselves in. Through this process, what is interesting is the co-created situation between the body, objects, the viewers, and spaces, that leaves questions of how would they co-perform in / experience my work?
As a movement educator, Chung has involved in several projects and offered workshops such as:
+ Interact & Play at 7th No Borders project, organized by Unity Space (HCMC, Vietnam).
+ Interact & Play at Holding Common Ground: Pathways to Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, sponsored by Soul Music & Performing Arts, the Department of State and The Movement Kitchen (HCMC, Vietnam).
+ Interact & Play at Transient Creatures project (HCMC, Vietnam).
+ Body & Object at CAB (Hoi An, Vietnam).
+ Contact improvisation at Cai To Nho studio (HCMC, Vietnam).
+ Movement Improvisation (Movement & Awareness) at Yoga Pod & Cai To Nho studio (HCMC, Vietnam).
+ The Dance of Organs (online course).
+ The Body as… a - 2 week workshop for X Project at Draw studio (Hoi An, Vietnam).
To follow up with classes and more informations, please visit at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/353379728950132/
Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam