photo by Lam Hieu Thuan
Chung Nguyen (Chung) is a performance maker based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, whose practice spans between dance/movement, performance art, and somatics to embody the concept of body-mind relationship. Chung’s works focus on the experience and sensations of the body in relation to movement, senses, time and space, and the interplay with objects. In 2021, Chung conceived Collective Consciousness | Collective Dreams (CCCD) (Nằm-Mơ-Tỉnh) - an ongoing research project and practice that examines the consciousness between waking reality and dream/sleep experience by looking at the phenomenal aspects of dreaming as a form of practice in daily life and in creative process.
Chung graduated from Vietnam Dance Academy in 2009. Between 2009-2016, Chung worked as a dancer at Arabesque Dance Company (Vietnam), T.H.E Dance Company (Singapore), and Cinevox Junior Company (Switzerland), and in 2013 was awarded a special prize at the Korea International Modern Dance Competition.
Chung has been working as an 'inter-dependent' artist since 2017. Chung’s first solo dance work was A trip of, presented in Switzerland and Singapore. In 2019, Chung began to experiment with the form of performance art and presented The Hooks: No.2 on the roof of a building at Time Between Project: Ether, where the artist performed with 300 clothing hangers, worn one by one until the body turned red and blue. As the artist described: “The process of making and performing this work was an immensely challenging, interesting, and paradoxical experience. It marked a sense of self-expressive decision making to begin a new journey into unknown territory, driven by curiosity. The experience was unforgettable and transformative”.
Since then, Chung’s individual works, and collaborations with other artists/performers in dance, visual art, and sound art have been presented across Vietnam, Australia, America, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, and Switzerland.
Chung has also participated in artist-in residencies including Deep in the Mountains (Korea), Southeast Asia Choreolab, (Malaysia), The International Choreographers Residency-American Dance Festival (Durham, USA), and Southeast Asia Choreographers Network 2 & 3.
Chung has received grants supported by Asian Cultural Council, and travel grants supported by Prince Claus Fund, and Goethe-Institut Ho Chi Minh City.