For our second show in Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City the head of Goethe Vietnam Dr. Almuth Meyer-Zollitsch decides to fly down from Hanoi to HCMC to see the show again. I am touched that she is intrigued with the work and wants to see it again. You might think we are only here to ‚share with a local audience’ yet it feels rewarding when ‚Goethe people’ appreciate our work.
After the performance the Goethe team invites us for a beautiful dinner next to the market of HCMC. Local dancers and choreographers join us. What did they make of the show? I really can’t figure it out. But meeting them makes me think of physical technique and my training, and that body that I have partly left behind. I somehow feel that I am a different kind of dancer to them, not showing athletic and physical excellence anymore. I at least imagine that some of them would value that kind of physical expertise.
One of the main questions for this tour comes up at this moment. What is my technique nowadays? I do have a skill; I use technique in what I propose physically. I have strategies as a performer. How can I share those on this tour, make visible how I treat and use the medium of dance, becomes my concern. It becomes my mission for the whole tour to see how I can share what I believe in, be it through the performance, talks or casual conversation. I start to feel a responsibility being here and try to voice my thoughts as much as I can.