photo by Dominik Antoni

Kim is a stage piece between dance, literature and films, completed in Autumn 2023. Kim is based on the novel Wherever You Are by the award-winning German-Vietnamese journalist and author Khuê Pham, who is on stage herself.

The novel follows the effects of the Vietnam War and the resulting dispersion of the family to several continents. On this basis, the book explores the lostness between cultures, the speechlessness about the past and the relativity of concepts such as good and evil.

Together with Khuê Pham and five dancers and performers, all of whom have intercultural experience themselves, we follow these traces with Kim and link them with our own—and the audience’s—traces.

The experience of otherness and the conflict with the parents’ generation is not an exclusively post-migrant experience. However, history condenses in these particular stories – they tell of people, of love, home and war.