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And the Provost Fellows danced

And the Provost Fellows danced

And the Provost Fellows danced

By Kelsey Cheng | Student reporter

Ten days, ten students, and one performance intertwining both Chicago and Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh City.

Every year a group of Loyola students head to Vietnam to put on a cross-cultural event with the International Choir and Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City.

The students—Phoebe Coakley, Kelleigh Harman McIntosh, Jordan Kunkel, Meghan McVann, Abigail Newlon, Mary O’Rourke, Laura Prieto, Sarah Prinz, Christina Schultz, and Kelsee Simons—were each awarded the Provost Fellowship through the Center for Experiential Learning.

The fellowship allowed them to to participate in a Faculty Led Summer Program in Vietnam through the Office of International Programming.

“The opportunity to travel to a completely new place with the intent to perform was completely eye opening and enriching,” said Mary O’Rourke. “Prior to performing, we were immersed in Southeast Asian culture, which really had an impact on our performance. It led us to approach it with a new found sensitivity to cultural implications.”

Prior to departure, the students worked closely with faculty members to create two original dance works. Once in Vietnam, the students experienced Vietnamese culture while learning from local contemporary choreographers. In the final days, the students demonstrated their choreography in two beautiful performances alongside the International Choir and Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City. The performance can be viewed here.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the trip, check out this Rambler’s documentary of the experience.