The Japan Foundation Asia Center starts a long-term ASEAN project named “Dance Dance Asia” from 2015 to support the exchange and collaboration of Asian regional dance companies and dancers that are based on street dance, including not only hip-hop but variety of genres such as jazz and contemporary dance.
Street dance has become one of the most popular dance genres since it was introduced in Japan in the 1970s. So far, the number of dance studio and practitioners has increased significantly.
Rhythm dance has now incorporated into the school education through the subject of "modern rhythm dance", and have become familiar subject to many young people.
Additionally, since the beginning of the 2000s, dance companies based on street dance techniques are starting to make a full length piece inside the theatre, with unique direction and creation along with their dance skills, became popular movement and thought to be the rising new genre in the performing arts industry.
At the same time, street dance has been growing in popularity in other countries of Asia, and dancers are starting to build network within these countries through dance battles and contests.
Gaining the momentum of these movements, The Japan Foundation Asia Center, together with PARCO Co., Ltd., is cooperating together to produce “Dance Dance Asia” project to foster the original production in the theatre based on and inspired by street dance, and promote the exchange by street dance in Asia, aiming to play a vital role for a new cultural creation in the Asian region.
Apart from stage performance, Japanese dancers also get to know Vietnamese dancers through the workshop and explore the possibility of future collaboration. Workshops will be held on March 12th-15th, twice per each group. On the stage, they will perform their new pieces by various styles like Jazz, Hip-Hop, Break, House, Pop and Lock.
The event will take place on March 14th-15th from 20:00 at Youth Theatre at No 11 Ngo Thi Nham street, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi.
Free ticket can be collected at the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam at No 27 Quang Trung street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.