chapter  14
Doi moi and the crisis in Vietnamese dance
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This statement was made in 1996 when there was a mood of optimism in some dance circles about the potential for positive change through doi moi. Whilst primarily an economic policy to encourage free-market reform, it was believed that doi moi would also have a beneficial effect on the arts.1 However, in an article about theatre development in Vietnam, Catherine Diamond quoted the director of a Cai luong company as saying that doi moi meant the opening of one door and the closing of another (Diamond 1997: 372).2 The evidence since then might

well suggest a revolving rather than an open door, a door which returns to its original position whilst appearing to move on.