‘a tale of two cities’


August 15th @ 6pm

Chambers Street



Why are our homes so sacred, even when set amidst rubble and wreckage? How do we rebuild ourselves and our communities when forced to different corners of the globe? This work begins with a story of displacement from the banks of the Saigon River and considers how resilience allows us to rebuild homes in vastly different places. What changes, what is the same ... and what do we take with us?

This work is a collaboration between siblings who have lived in different continents for more than two decades. It explores what it means to be displaced from community and tries to understand our changing perceptions of place over time. 

The single-channel, short-film version of the project has been screened at three international dance film festivals: Seattle Transmedia Independent Film Festival, 40 North Dance Film Festival, and Comunidanza International Dance Festival. For WPF 2019 we intend to screen the three-channel version of this work.


Nicholas Fernandez
Nick is an experienced filmmaker with a background in fine art, having first studied Painting before moving on to the moving image. He has been lucky in his career to work across a broad range of screen media content, including broadcast content, commercial work, art installations and live projection projects. As a producer and director Nick led his own small company in Vietnam for six years, working on television drama and documentaries, art projects and specialising in community engagement using media technologies. With a strong, pragmatic skill set around production, he brings a sensitive and creative vision to his directed and facilitated projects. 

Emily Fernandez
After leaving Australia to begin her professional career as a ballerina at a state theatre in Germany, Emily soon discovered a passion for contemporary movement and interactive technology. Through her partnership with Frieder Weiss, she gained access to world leading interactive systems that allowed her to produce a body of artistic and commercial work that harnessed emerging video technologies in the 2000’s. Since then she has continued to develop her creative practice, exhibiting her work throughout Europe at high profile festivals such as Gothenburg Biennale, Cynet Art Festival (Dresden), Body Navigation (St. Petersburg) and attending conferences such as Monaco Dance Forum. She began collaborating with her brother Nick in 2016, travelling to Ho Chi Minh City to develop and produce “A Tale of Two Cities”. 

Ngo Thuy To Nhu
Nhu trained at one of the most famous ballet schools in Russia, where she gained her strong and graceful dancing style. On return to Vietnam she has danced for the National Opera and Ballet, and worked with the most significant contemporary companies in the country. As a young dancer she was told that she “could not act” as a dancer needed to, but she fought this negative perception and proved to have an excellent relationship with the camera. This was her first opportunity to work as the lead cast for a dance film. 

Phunam Thuc Ha
Phunam is one of the most respected cinematographers working in Vietnam. With a strong visual pedigree provided by his filmmaking father, Phunam was surrounded by screen culture from a young age. Phunam has shot music videos for some of the most well known and loved pop stars in Vietnam and he is one-third of the celebrated artist’s collective TPG (The Propeller Group). TPG have won major commissions and awards for their large-scale, media driven work and they have been featured at major US institutions such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and New Museum in New York, MoMA, Hammer Museum, and SFMOMA. 

Nguyen Hong Giang
Giang studied classical composition and contemporary music at the National Conservatory in Ho Chi Minh City. He also records bands and makes experimental music in his home studio. Giang regularly collaborates with a contemporary dance collective and has been a member of countless creative collectives and bands himself. While he collaborated on the music for this project we would often meet the Hardcore and Metal bands he loved working with, making for some interesting waiting room banter.