Kim Chinh has mastered the art of storytelling in her new one-woman show
This is a raw piece which leaves you with a mixture of emotions.
Through the account of her experiences, we see how each ordeal she has faced has not only given her courage to speak the truth and be more open about herself but has also allowed her to reclaim an identity she has lost, meaning that she now feels open and free.
One of the highlights of the performance is Kim’s vivid description of riding a motorbike through the streets of Vietnam. She has the knack of being able to transport you into the heart of this country, feeling that you are travelling on this journey with her. This causes her later revelations to become a lot more harrowing and moving as we become invested in her story. Complementing this dialogue are her movements which are simple and understated, but this subtlety is what makes this show such a treat: they keep you captivated and on the edge of your seat, entangling you in her story.
This is a raw piece which leaves you with a mixture of emotions as she freely opens herself up to the audience, exposing who she is in order to help claim her own identity. Through her mannerisms and calm collected voice, she leaves clichés behind, openly explaining who she is and how she has overcome traumatic experiences. This is a lifting piece which on the one hand helps you to understand and relate to the difficulties someone of a minority ethnic background has growing up in a white country like America – and on the other, shows how people can overcome their past and feel free for the future and its possibilities.