Japanese street dance introduced in Vietnam

A dance performance featuring street dance styles will be held at the Youth Theater in Hanoi on March 14-15.

Three groups, “Moreno Funk Sixers”, “Memorable Moment” and “90’s” from Japan will be on stage to perform their new pieces by various styles like Jazz, Hip-Hop, Break, House, Pop and Lock.

 

Japanese dancers will also launch workshops on March 12, 13, 14 & 15, twice per each group.

It is part of the project named “Dance Dance Asia” which has been kicked off in Asean in 2015 by the Asia Center of the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange.

The program aims to exchange and cooperate with Asian regional dance companies / dancers that are based on street dance, including not only hip-hop but variety of genres such as jazz dance, contemporary dance, etc.

Since it was introduced in Japan in the 1970s, within just 40 years, street dance has become one of the most popular dance genres, and the number of dance studio and practitioners has increased significantly. Rhythm dance has now incorporated into the school education through the subject of “modern rhythm dance”, and have become familiar subject to many young people.

In addition, since the beginning of the 2000s, dance companies based on street dance techniques are starting to make a full length piece inside the theatre, with unique direction and creation along with their dance skills, became popular movement and thought to be the rising new genre in the performing arts industry.

At the same time, street dance has been growing in popularity in other countries of Asia, and dancers are starting to build network within these countries through dance battles and contests.

Gaining the momentum of these movements, The Japan Foundation Asia Center, together with PARCO Co., Ltd., is cooperating together to produce “Dance Dance Asia” project to foster the original production in the theatre based on and inspired by street dance, and promote the exchange by street dance in Asia, aiming to play a vital role for a new cultural creation in the Asian region.

Compiled by Kim Khanh

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