Tu Hoang (2020)
Tu Hoang is an independent choreographer from Hanoi, Vietnam, who is currently working as a dancer with Conny Janssen Danst Company (Rotterdam, NL). Born in 1988, he began kung fu at the age of 10, soon discovering a passion for movement and joining the Vietnam National Dance Academy shortly thereafter. He graduated from the Academy in 2006 in Classical Ballet. In 2007, he relocated to Europe to begin learning more about contemporary dance. He has since developed his interest in choreography and pursued his own identity in dance, with an aim to incorporate influences from his Eastern background, such as kung fu, tai chi and detailed hand movements, into his knowledge of Western dance styles, including urban, hip hop, ballet and contemporary.
Tu has danced with numerous ballet and dance companies during the past decade, including the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet, Cinevox Junior Company, Regensburg Ballett, BallettPforzheim and now Conny Janssen Danst Company. Additionally, he has choreographed works for each of these companies.
In 2018, Tu’s short work Trial was awarded Third Prize, Audience Choice Award and the B.OOM Festival Production Prize at the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition. The work was also awarded First Prize at New Dance For Asia in Seoul, Third Prize for the “Solo / Duet Challenge” category for Masdanza, the Audience First Choice Award at Tanzplattform Bern 2019, and the Special Mention from the Jury Award and Masdanza Extended Tour Prize at the 24th edition of Masdanza. In 2020, Trial won Tu the First Prize at the prestigious 34th International Choreographic Competition Hannover, as well as an artistic residency at Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide granted by the Tanja Liedtke Foundation. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Tu has to date been unable to travel to Australia to take up this artistic residency in person.