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Hip hop, cinema to fuse together in French group performance in Vietnam

Hip hop, cinema to fuse together in French group performance in Vietnam

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 20:01 GMT+7

Hip hop dance world champion Pockemon Crew from France is set to take their latest performance, an intriguing combination of hip hop, cinema and musical, to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday and Saturday.

The group will offer their latest dance show, “Silence, On Tourne!” (Quiet, Action!), at 8:00 pm tomorrow, June 12, at HCMC’s Ben Thanh Theater at 6 Mac Dinh Chi Street, District 1.

The performance will also hit the stage of Tuoi Tre (Youth) Theater at 11 Ngo Thi Nham Street, Hai Ba Trung District at 8:00 pm on June 14.

The fiery dance show, inspired by silent American black-and-white films of the 1930s and 1940s, describes France’s Lyon City, the homeland of Louis and Auguste Lumiere – cinematography fathers.

In the group’s latest creation, a tribute to cinema and the dances performed in Broadway theaters during that period, which influenced the first hip hop movement, the Pockemon Crew dancers adopt actions and movements from silent films to showcase the bustling energy of street dance.

Tickets for the show, costing VND90,000-150,000 (up to US$8), are currently available at the French Cultural Center, 24 Trang Tien Street, Hanoi, and Ben Thanh Theater, with a 50 percent discount offered to students.

Founded in 1999, Pockemon Crew won the 2003 Battle of the Year France and the International Battle of the Year in Germany the same year.

The troupe, comprising 20 members, has created new movements and dancing styles which blend hip hop with elements of contemporary dance, pantomime, circus and comedy.

One of the most successful hip hop groups in the world, Pockemon Crew has pocketed a clutch of top international prizes.

The group first came to Vietnam in 2007 with a dance performance called “Si..., si!” (Yes, yes!).

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