Contemporary Dance from Minh Tran & Company at Cal State LA
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The last date listed for Minh Tran & Company was Saturday March 14, 2009 / 8:30pm.
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Founded by former Alvin Ailey dancers and frequent contributors to the hit TV show So You Think You… More
Since they began touring in 2003, Minh Tran & Company has rattled the dance scene with works that are as brilliantly emotional as they are historically profound.
The Company will perform their recent piece, Nocturnal Path, and a reprise from the celebrated autobiographical work, The War Within.
Nocturnal Path was commissioned by the White Bird/Tiffany & Co. New Works fund, and made possible by the Doris Duke Fund for Dance, the National Dance Project, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. This piece, with music by Michael Stearns, Lou Harrison, Dead Can Dance, Thich Nhat Hanh, Yungchen Lhamo, and Philip Glass, draws from the spiritual world of Southeast Asia, and is based on images of archaeological reliefs and mural paintings from Vietnamese temples.
The War Within is an excerpt from Mr. Tran’s autobiographical dance journal The Road Home documenting his first return trip to Vietnam in 1994. This particular section recalls memories and experiences in South Vietnam under the communist regime from 1975-1980 and his escape to Thailand.
Born in Vietnam, Artistic Director Minh Tran immigrated to the United States in 1980 as a political refugee. In addition to receiving dance training in classical Vietnamese opera at the National School of Fine and Performing Arts in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Mr. Tran holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Washington.
Mr. Tran has created over thirty choreographic works since 1989. As both a dancer and choreographer, his work has received numerous grants, fellowships and commissions, including the Regional Arts & Culture Council; White Bird / Tiffany & Company New Works Fund; Oregon Arts Commission; Oregon Ballet Theatre; BodyVox; Alaska Dance Theater, Portland State University’s Contemporary Dance Season; PICA’s TBA Festival; the Portland International Performance Festival; ArtExplosion: A Festival of Asian American Performing Arts; San Francisco Performances; San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Seattle’s On the Boards; UCLA’s Asian & Pacific Performance Exchange Initiative; and New York’s Dance Theater Workshop Suitcase Fund’s Mekong Project with support from the Rockefeller Foundation.
In 2003 Minh Tran & Company was awarded a production and touring grant from the Doris Duke Fund for Dance of the National Dance Project, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Altria Group, Inc.
Since 1995 Mr. Tran has acted as a review panelist for numerous public and private funding organizations, including: Western States Arts Federation’s TourWest Program, Denver, Colorado; Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland Oregon; Artist Trust/The Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship, Seattle Washington; The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, San Francisco; and the National Endowment for the Arts, Northwest Region Project Grants. In addition, he curated On the Boards 12 Minutes Max series for the 1997-1998 season, and served as treasurer for the Dance Coalition of Oregon. Mr. Tran is currently a member of the advisory committee for New York’s Dance Theater Workshop Suitcase Fund / Task Force on Southeast Asia / Mekong Region which is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. He additionally serves as an arts consultant for Dance Advance which supports dance culture in the Philadelphia area, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Mr. Tran’s work has been performed throughout the United States, as well as internationally in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Dancers for Minh Tran & Company are Minh Tran, Carla Mann, Sam Hobbs, Riho Katagiri, Angela Carceres, Joshua Thrower, Margetta Hansen.