Even today, Saigon is still used as a name for this city by South Vietnamese and refugees, while it is officially renamed as Ho Chi Minh-City. The background to both of these names was and still is a sensitive issue. And it underlines the paradoxy of global influence and the political sphere that illuminates the relationship between a staged surface and the underlying melancholy of a lost city and country.
“Saigon” is an ongoing field research for a performative solo, where Tony dives into the history of his Vietnamese family in Norway as a template for identity conflicts in our modern society. A story of war refugees, and his parents as “boat people”- the traces that their experiences of war and arrival in a new “home” have left on themselves and in future generations. What happens to a family and their generations when they are displaced? What transmits over into the “new home”? And what remains of the old one?
“Saigon” is on the one hand a confrontation with his personal history and on the other hand an immersion in an important chapter of Norway’s recent history; a crystallization of complex interactions between a personal microcosm and the larger social context.
Choreography and performance: Tony Tran
Dramaturge: Thomas Schaupp
Project Assistant: Nguyen Duc Hung
Funded by Art Council Norway and City of Oslo