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“Yo Gee Ti”, a Franco-Taiwanese piece

Created and choreographed by Mourad Merzouki, Director of the Centre national chorégraphique of Créteil, “Yo Gee Ti” is a Franco-Taiwanese choreographic piece for ten dancers that emerges us into a deep trance oscillating between hip hop, break and ballet. Some strange ropes made of wool are hanging above the stage and, at some point, the dancers are wearing traditional costumes, in wool as well, designed by the Taiwanese stylist Johan Ku. The violons are playing a swinging music, the movements are precisely executed, sometimes slow, sometimes fast, always harmonious. The stage turns into a forest, then into rain, or into a constellation of duets, tied to waist, creating an impression of illusion. This piece is a moment of magic. Mahaut Le Lagadec

4 questions to Caroline Ha Thuc

Author of several books, « Contemporary Art in Hong Kong » (2013), « New Japanese contemporary art » (2012), or, more recently, « After 2000: contemporary art in China », (2015), French-born Caroline Ha Thuc is a Hong-Kong based writer and curator. She answers our questions about the new contemporary art scene in Asia. Moderneast Magazine: What is your view on the young or emergent creation in Asia: which assets does it have, how do you see its future both in Asia and in Europa? Caroline Ha Thuc: It is hard to talk in general about the emerging creation in Asia. Which Asia is concerned? Where should we begin? There no unified Asian art form. It is varied, diverse and even indefinable. Art overruns maps and borderlines and scrambles nationalities. The artists themselves increasingly claim to be artists from the world, and not from such or such country. To answer your question I guess artists from the region can generally benefit from a growing population of collectors, a boom in museums’ spaces (what we now call the “museumification” of China for …

The K-pop: a powerful tool of Soft Power

The success of Nan Arayo released in 1992 by the boys band ‘Seo Tai-ji and boys’ marks the beginning of the Korean pop music style, commonly known as the ‘K-pop’. The K-pop is a very diverse music style, with the particularity of mixing musical elements coming from other countries with Korean ones: it involves dance-pop, pop ballad, electronic, rock, hip hop, Rn’B… Basically, all the « popular » music from Korea are K-pop style, the most famous representative of K-pop worldwide being Psy. His song Gangnam Style got more than 2.4 billions views on Youtube, which makes it today the most viewed video on the website. In 2012, the Time magazine presents K-pop as ‘the most profitable exportation from South Korea’, and it is difficult to say the opposite: in 2012, the K-pop market worthed a $3.4 billions (coming mainly from the « BigThree », the 3 biggest South Korean record companies: SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment and YG Entertainment). The South Korean government is completely aware of that success and implements what the Ministry of Culture calls ‘한류‘ (pronounced ‘Hallyu’), …

À Ố Entertainment – « À Ố Show »

The Vietnamese company À Ố Entertainment was founded in 2012. One of their three shows, ‘À Ố Show’ (‘Ahhh! Ohhh! Show’), is directed by Tuan Le, former juggling artist and director from Le Cirque du Soleil. This 60-minute live performance  of contemporary dance, theatre, visual arts, circus and acrobatics, has been played since February 2013. Choreographer Tan Loc sought to produce an aesthetic show of a great poetry. The bet was won. A dynamic and mesmerizing depiction of the Vietnamese rural culture and its evolution through the years, under the influence of urbanization, manages to bring us to another time, another world. Clearly disoriented, the show is a pure moment of delight for us, spectators. A dynamic and mesmerizing depiction of the Vietnamese rural culture and its evolution through the years At the beginning of the show, the music is serene and calm, the dancers are in full possession of their faculties. But, as the play progresses, the rhythm of the drums gathers momentum, the dancers take more risks and their movements quicken, the atmosphere …