During VERS&GERS – from 13 to 30 June – young makers and established choreographers show their work in HUIS Conny Janssen Danst. Dancers and makers Tu Hoang and Hiro Murata are two of them.
Tu and Hiro danced together for four years in the company of Conny Janssen Danst. In that period they developed a shared vision and sensibility on dance and choreography. In 2022 they won the International Contemporary Dance Festival 27Masdanza with False Memories. During VERS&GERS, the duet can finally be seen in HUIS Conny Janssen Danst, the place where Tu and Hiro created the choreography.
About the makers
Tu Hoang (1988) is an independent choreographer from Hanoi, Vietnam. He is currently working as a Freelancer based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He began with practicing Kungfu at the age of 10 and then found his interest in movement. He joined the Vietnam National Dance Academy shortly after and graduated in Classical Ballet in 2006. Tu worked for dance companies over ten years, like the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet and Conny Janssen Danst.
Since 2010 he started choreographing too, and slowly began to find his own identity in dance. His goal is to try to combine his Oriental background such as Kungfu, Taichi, detailed hand movements together with his western’s dance knowledge throughout the years of experience from urban hiphop, ballet and contemporary dance.
Next to the prize at the Masdanza Choreography Competition in 2022, Tu won different other prizes: 3rd Prize Winner Copenhagen International Choreography Competition (2018), 1st Audience choice award in Tanzplattform Bern (2019), 1st prize Winner Hannover International Choreography Competition (2020) and more.
Hiro Murata (1997) is a dancer and choreographer from Kanagawa, Japan. He is trained in ballet, contemporary, hiphop, jazz in Japan. He moved to Europe in 2018 and then started as a dancer at Conny Janssen Danst.
As a maker, he recently made a piece “Flawsome” at the KAAPSE ZOMER (2021) in Conny Janssen Danst. His piece UKA (2018) won 2nd place in the Netherlands Choreography Competition in Haarlem. His piece Longing (2016) won 4th place at the Japan Grand Prix, Contemporary division.
About False Memories
False Memories is the result of a four-year collaboration between the two choreographers at Conny Janssen Danst. The choreography is created around the concept of the psychological mind, through the perspective of two individuals that have an unspeakable connection with each other. In an abstract way, the feeling that they are one entity in their spiritual world remains, whether they are together or separated in physicality. Our memory is a very fragile concept. Sometimes we remember things the way we want them to be. Our imagination takes us to escape our own reality in order to find comfort or peace.