Nuée by Emmanuelle Huynh, Festival d’Automne à Paris 2021

Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels — Jun 3rd, 2021

Emmanuelle Huynh in Nuée

Twenty-five years after Múa, her inaugural production on the fringes of obscurity, Emmanuelle Huynh is once again exploring her links to Vietnam through a solo in which light, music, language and body interact to form an intimate landscape of memories traversed by multifaceted artistry

Inspired by images and questions regarding her father’ name – Huynh Thanh Vân, Blue Cloud – Emmanuelle Huynh set out to discover the substantive essence behind her dancer’s body.

Through her research, she charts a narrow fault line between Vietnam and France, plotting a course along this personal frontier to understand its outline, its points of reference, its intersections – all the while directing her gestures to the multitude of voices and bodies she carries within her. Nuée also outlines a map upon which energies and recollections flow, forming sentences in her mouth, through her limbs, on her skin. A hybrid land emerges where her body meets the stage – reminiscent of Chris Marker’s “uncountry.” Sculpted by light and fog, Emmanuelle Huynh’s frame effects a compression of states and symbols, like so many physical ideograms kneaded by her memory.

Expropriating the concept of “destinerrance,” developed by Jacques Derrida to express the uncertain destination of any utterance, she disperses bearings, transmits signs and scatters a certain “self-image” into an archipelago of otherness.

Gilles Almavi for the Festival d’Automne à Paris.



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In 2021, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting Emmanuelle Huynh for her creation Nuée.


Photo: Nuée – Emmanuelle Huynh © Marc Domage


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Portrait of Emmanuelle Huynh

Emmanuelle Huynh

In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting Emmanuelle Huynh and Jocelyn Cottencin for the creation of Lands – portrait de la ville de Houston.


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