The Mist cast: Life in dance

Seventy percent of Vietnamese live in rural areas, spending their days tending rice fields, visiting temples and preparing for early morning market. The Mist portrays Vietnamese farming life through contemporary dance (select performance dates in 2015). We asked some of the dancers to take their moves from the Saigon Opera House stage to the countryside,

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Bay from above

Viewed from above, Halong bay resembles a geographic work of art. From the air, you can see parts of the bay not visible from the cruise boats – sculpted valleys, hidden lakes and deep craters, all carpeted in an iridescent green which looks beautiful in the late afternoon sun. The forms of the islands change

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Antarctica

*Humpback Whale bones, Pleuneau Island  *Whaling Ship Wreck in Bismarck Strait  *Antarctic Sea Lion in Wilhelmina bay   Images by Jimmy Van Der Kloet 

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The Pearls of The Orient

The morning dawned sunny and hot for what had been billed as a mysterious journey to a “secret island” somewhere off Phu Quoc, to plumb the depths of the famed pearl farming industry. As I waited to be collected for the journey I didn’t quite know what to expect when a mini bus pulled up

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Children of the North

Sapa and Ha Giang was amazingly beautiful and endlessly fascinating because of the children I met while traveling there. No matter how rugged and remote, there were always one or two children around either playing or going about their everyday activities without a care in the world.  

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Turning a New Leaf

Vietnamese tea farmers pick leaves in a verdant field in central Vietnam’s mountainous highland region. A little background on the journey of your tea leaf – from plant to pot – might just make the significance of your next cup of tea a little more remarkable.   Images by Ngoc Tran

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Fish Eye Lens

If you’ve been to any of the country’s wet markets you would have seen (and smelled) them – dried and flattened whole fish that could pass for cardboard cutouts, slabs of salted fish fillets so hard and stiff they could be used as a weapon. This month we traveled to the seaside town of Vung

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Urban Play

With a construction site as their stage, the AO dancers show off their agility and daredevil spirit by scaling down walls, leaping off roofs, suspending themselves in air and even balancing on one foot on someone else’s head. Forget Peter Parker, these guys are the real Spidermen. A special thank you to Nguyen Nhat Quang, Do

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This Country Life

Vietnam is still a highly agrarian society with eighty percent of the population living in rural villages scattered throughout the lowlands of Chau Doc, the mountainous areas in Dalat and the coastal line running along Hoi An. The countryside is filled with bamboo-hedged villages, beautiful patchworks of green paddies, hard-working farmers in their conical hats,

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On The Road Back

I used to visit Dalat when I was young. In those days, the city was a relatively unknown tourist destination my parents sometimes brought me to. Two years ago, I decided to get on my motorbike and make the trip from Nha Trang (where I now live) to Dalat. With a camera and a churning eagerness

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