[Photos] Krossing Over Arts Festival Wraps up a Striking Week of Performances

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The third edition of the Krossing Over Arts Pageant led to Saigon on Thursday, capping every week of thrilling workshops, artist talks and modern dance performances.

The festival, which now moves as much as Hanoi, began last Friday with a efficiency of 'At the Gates of Oblivion' held at the Youth Culture Home. Created by the pageant's founder Sebastien Ly, the present was built on Ly's search for his family's roots in Vietnam, and included an audio recording of his grandmother's voice.

It concluded on Thursday with three unique performances: 'White Language,' choreographed by Sunyoung Grace Lim; 'Lub Qhov Rooj' by Nguyen Phuc Hung; and 'Tree of Life, choreographed by John Huy Tran and Nguyen Vu Hoang Minh.

'White Language,' which deserted music for an ambient sound that helped draw the viewers' consideration to body movements, was a meditative efficiency that used dance as a language to evoke a sense of release from every day life's anxieties. 'Tree of Life' married music and Tran's city sensibilities on a up to date stage to showcase a rivalry concerning the nature of life. 

One of many highlights of the ultimate show was the fascinating power of 'Lub Qhov Rooj' (the Hmong phrase for the door), which advised the story of Sung A Lung, a Hmong dancer who also performs himself on stage, as he navigates the multitudes of his id — 4 dancers embodying four elements of himself. Incorporating poetry from Chinh Ba and beautiful visuals from Sandrine Llouquet, 'Lub Qhov Rooj' managed to rework dance's performative nature into an explosion of candid emotions and intimacy.

Have a look back at highlights from the pageant under. Krossing Over will return for its fourth version in 2020.

Saigoneer was a media sponsor of the Krossing Over Arts Pageant.

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