Image of live performance of The Bolero Effect with ensemble member Vũ Thùy Dương in domestic house hired for performance event in Hanoi, Vietnam.   ©

Moi Tran. Photography Tran Thao Mien

Moi Tran’s The Bolero Effect maps out the journey of how nhạc vàng and bolero music have shaped social, political, public and intimate relations between Vietnam and its global diaspora community. Based on interviews and research within communities in both Vietnam and the UK, the project records, documents and develops multiple platforms for sharing and discourses including a multi-disciplinary performance (music, choreography, movement, literature) taking place in Hanoi on 30 November 2019. The performance was developed with and featured local non-professional performers (of various age groups and backgrounds), and further workshops will continue the exploration and understanding towards strengthened commitment to Vietnam's heritage and history.

The first iteration of the project was conceived and created by Moi Tran. The creative team also includes Do Tuong Linh (curator), Dao Ngoc Ha (assistant director), Tu Nguyen (composer), Nguyen Quang Vinh and Dao Thu Uyen (film production), Nguyen Hoang Tuan Minh (graphic design), Dao Tuyet Trinh (cellist), Le Minh Kieu Anh (pianist). 

The performing ensemble were: Nguyen Danh Hoan, Nguyen Hong Diep, Tran Th Hao, Ho Thi My Chung, Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, Nguyen Hoai Huong, Nguyen Thi Linh Giang, Ngo Thu Ha, Nguyen Thi Bich Diep, Hoang Trang, Chu Quang Huy, Vu Thuy Duong, Truong Manh Dat, Loc Vang.