Nguyen Le and Tuan Le will co-operate for the first time in Overseas to convey and share the poetry of Vietnamese traditional art, resonate with the new values of the global creative flow as well as the Vietnamese culture in the minds of expatriates.
“Overseas is a universal story,” said musician Nguyen Le. “The concepts of identity and migration and local and global are becoming very important today. Across the ocean, people know who they are and what they will become.”
The musician has composed pieces specifically for the show with a unique combination of Vietnamese traditional music, jazz, rock, hip hop, reggae and electronic.
Born in Paris from Vietnamese parents, Nguyen Le is a self-taught musician. He plays the đàn bầu (monochord) and đàn tranh (16-chord zither). He won the Django Reinhardt prize from the French Jazz Academy in 2011.
Tuan Le is the only Vietnamese to have performed in Canada’s Cique du Soleil as a solo artist. Raised in Germany, he was also the first Asian person to receive the Award of Excellence from the International Jugglers’ Association in 2010.
For Overseas, Tuan Le selected a group of Vietnamese circus and dance artists who were working for different art troupes around the world to perform.
The stage will be decorated by Vietnamese trúc chỉ (bamboo pulp) paper. Trúc chỉ will interact with the melody, dance, light, space and people.
The show will move to the HCM Opera House tomorrow on May 11.