As artists, Alonzo King and Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ are kindred spirits — sharing a mastery of their traditional forms as well as a drive to continually experiment.
A master of the dan tranh zither, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ is celebrated for her deep knowledge of traditional Vietnamese instruments and musical styles. At the same time, she is one of the only artists in the world fusing these traditions with entirely new sounds and musical ideas. The tones of her instrumentation mimic the vocal vibrations of voices both past and present — breathing new life into the rich culture and legacy of Vietnamese folk music.
Likewise, King creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions and extend the possibilities of creative expression in dance. Channeling the understanding that ballet is part art, part science, and part primal intuition, King’s choreography showcases art’s ability to connect us to each other and the world around us.
Both King and Võ are excited to explore notions of the homegrown, identity, modes of storytelling and cultural traditions — and how they shape us as both individuals and societies.