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2020 wasn’t an ideal year to commission an international collaborative performance piece… Come to think of it, it wasn’t an ideal year full stop. But when the opportunity arose to produce something with British and Vietnamese artists through the British Council FAMLAB project, we knew we had to find a way to make it happen.

Having discovered the incredible Saigon Supersound album releases during the research phase, which shine a light on the lost tracks from the Vietnamese ‘golden music’ era (1965-75), we already had a great starting point. We assembled a stellar team: British animator and visual artist (Emily Scaife) and Vietnamese musical duo (ANNAM), and through a series of zoom discussions, sending images, clips, and music back and forth over the course of a year, a new AV performance piece, sampling some of those older tracks, was born. The result is a sumptuous and transformative audiovisual interpretation of Saigon, conjuring the alluring vibrancy and magic of the city itself.

Unfortunately due to new Covid-19 restrictions coming into place in Vietnam, the work premiere of this performance has been rescheduled and therefore the digital event is now only available from Saturday 29th May.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    20 minutes
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Viet Nam
  • Director
    Emily Scaife, ANNAM