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​Photo: Lam Hieu Thuan


Ngo Thanh Phuong is a dancer, a choreographer and a director who is based in Saigon and Hoi An. Her approach is based on the history of bodies, relating to different points in time, spaces, and sensation. Her method always looks for the conversation between her and the dancers, to integrate their own way of body movements into the performances. Recently, she has also been working with non-dancers, including stuntmen, street dancers, ethnic groups and ex-prisoners...

Phuong is the founder of Morua Arts Project in Hoi An, an ongoing project that provides time and space for choreographers and performing artists to develop and perform their interdisciplinary works, as well as to share their own methods in working with the body's movements

Phuong had graduated from Hochiminh Dance School, Vietnam in 1999 and Folkwang Hochschule, Germany in 2008. She had worked at the acclaimed Arabesque Dance Company as one of the key choreographers. She has also done many experimental works and collaborated with different artists from different disciplines. She founded the Open Stage Project in 2012 and received the Best Choreography Award at Korea International Modern Dance Competition in the same year.


In 2015, she had decided to stop working with professional dancers, but with people without much experience in dance or performing on stage. Since then, she has been researching and discovering new body's movements from people in that area

Between 2017 and 2019, her work had focused on the relationship between native culture and contemporary culture, building a bridge between traditional mind and contemporary life. Through this period, she had researched and worked with people from K’Ho and Champa ethnic groups.

She has been received grants, fellowships, artist-in-residencies, and funding from institutions and organisations, including Cleveland Foundation, Cultural Development and Exchange Fund of Denmark, Asian Cultural Council, American Dance Festival, Japan Foundation, Arte Fact, Goethe Institute, British Council, and Kelola Foundation.

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