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Vân-Ánh Võ & The VA’V

YBCA presents

Vân-Ánh Võ & The VA’V

The Odyssey - from Vietnam to America
  • Photo: Nguyen Nhat Hoang
  • Photo: Christine Jade
Vân-Ánh Võ. Photo: Nguyen Nhat Hoang
Fri, Jan 22, 8:00 PM
Sat, Jan 23, 8:00 PM

Regular Admission: $20-30

Student, Teacher, Senior: $15-25

YBCA Members: $15

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Additional discount and group rates available only through the Box Office, 415.978.2787.

Delivering the message of peace and unity and the incredible power of the human spirit.

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Pre-show Talk

Join us before the performance each night at for an art installation in the Grand Lobby, and a pre-show talk in the Forum. The Art Installation will be from 7PM in the Grand Lobby and will consist of art pieces and video footage. The Pre-show Talk both evenings will be from 7:15-7.45 PM with panelists Thuy Vo Dang, Professor Alexander Cannon, and Professor Khatharya Um. Moderated by Cathy Lam.

Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®Award-winning composer Vân-Ánh Võ premieres a new musical epic inspired by the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. The Odyssey – from Vietnam to America explores the personal and spiritual journeys of the Boat People escaping war and reflects upon the resilience of the human spirit and the price of freedom.

Conveying stories of human transformation that resonates for all, The Odyssey utilizes the beautiful sound of traditional Vietnamese instruments and lullabies to evoke the deepest sense of comfort, calm, and strength. Complimented by layers of electronic music and Western instruments, the sounds embrace the parallel experiences of people from other communities.

The performances will feature musicians from Vân-Ánh Võ Quartet (The VA’V) with Alex Kelly on cello, Jimi Nakagawa on taiko and percussions, and Dan Cantrell on accordion and piano. Guest artists include award-winning environmental sound artist and ethnomusicologist Philip Blackburn, who has published articles on Vietnamese music, and award-winning video and media artist Ian Winters.

Created by composer-performer Vân-Ánh Võ in partnership with Asian Americans for Community Involvement.

Promotional support by Center for Asian American Media


Isabel Yriogyen
Associate Director of Performing Arts

YBCA Performances 15-16 are made possible in part by: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and

Additional Funding for YBCA Performances 15-16: Zellerbach Family Foundation and Surdna Foundation.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Programs in 15-16 are made possible by: The James Irvine Foundation

Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 15-16: National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.