French-Vietnamese choreographer, Ea Sola, is bringing her internationally revered piece Drought and Rain (recreated in 2011) to the Arts Centre Melbourne.
The dance, originally commissioned in 1995 by European festivals like Edinburgh Festival and Sadler’s Wells in London, showcases Vietnamese song and dance in a contemporary context. Featuring twelve elderly Vietnamese women, Drought and Rain explores how civilian Vietnamese women coped with the effects of the Vietnam War on their families and communities.
“Instead of killing to survive, they sang," says Sola of the women who survived the Vietnam War. The women, who sang to comfort soldiers on the front lines, are not professional performers, but will perform alongside virtuoso Vietnamese musicians.
Drought and Rain is a beautiful merger of contemporary and traditional dance, and empathetically demonstrates the ways in which the powerless can repossess and redefine their power.
We're giving away some double passes to the opening night performance of Drought and Rain on Thursday 20 September. Email email@example.com with subject 'Drought and Rain' to enter.
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