Born in 1963 in Châteauroux, France. Lives in Rennes and works there and elsewhere.
For Emmanuelle Huynh, dance is the meeting of various disciplines, connecting to literature, music, light, architecture, and Japanese floral art (ikebana). Having studied philosophy alongside dance, she has collaborated with choreographers such as Nathalie Collantes, Herve Robbe, Odile Duboc, Catherine Contour, and the Quatuor Knust. In 1994, the Villa Medici Hors les Murs grant took her to Vietnam. On her return, she created the solo Mùa with lighting designer Yves Godin and composer Kasper T. Toeplitz, shifting dance toward performance. Projects such as A vida enorme (2002), le vol de l’âme (2009), Tôzai! (2014), and Formation (2017, with texts by Pierre Guyotat and installationby Nicolas Floc’h) followed. Between 2004 and 2012, she was director of the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (CNDC) in Angers and created the course “Essais” and an international meeting of dance and art schools. Invited by the French Embassy in New York in 2014, she initiated A taxi driver, an architect and the High Line with Jocelyn Cottencin, a portrait of the city composed of film-installations and performances. The experiment was revisited with Saint-Nazaire in 2019 Nous venons de trop loin pour oublier qui nous sommes and São Paulo, Brazil in 2020. She is currently working on a solo piece that she will perform in connection with her Vietnamese origins and her father’s emigration to France. Her interviews with Trisha Brown have been published by Presses du réel.
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