100 artists to celebrate beauty of Vietnamese theatre
daitranvan 25-04-2021, 18:05

 

100 artists to celebrate beauty of Vietnamese theatre
Cải lương star Thanh Ngan of HCM City will introduce tai tử music at Hoi Tụ Tinh Hoa Nghe Thuật Viet (The Beauty of Vietnamese Theatre) show in HCM City on April 26. The event celebrates the 46th anniversary of the Liberation of the South and National Reunification on April 30. Photo courtesy of HCM City Theatre Artists’ Organisation

HCM CITY - A special show featuring the Vietnamese theatre will be staged by veteran and young artists of leading art troupes in HCM City on April 26.  

The event, Hoi Tụ Tinh Hoa Nghe Thuật Viet (The Beauty of Vietnamese Theatre), celebrates the 46th anniversary of the Liberation of the South and National Reunification on April 30. 

It will feature more than 100 performers in different genres of traditional theatre, such as cải lương (reformed opera) of the South, tuồng (classical drama) of the Central, and cheo (traditional opera) of the North. 

Young talents of the Huế Theatre of Music and Singing, HCM City Hat Boi Theatre and Trần Hữu Trang Cải Lương Theatre will be included. 

Highlighted performances will include ca tru (ceremonial singing), quan họ (love dual singing), tai tử (southern folk music) and nhã nhạc (royal ceremonial music), which were all recognised as an intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO. 

“Artists of the show Hoi Tụ Tinh Hoa Nghe Thuật Viet will use their art to tell the stories of Vietnamese people, the country’s history, culture and lifestyle,” People’s Artist Trịnh Thuý Mui, chairwoman of the Viet Nam Theatre Artists’ Association, the event’s organiser, said. 

Cải lương stars Thanh Ngan and Trọng Phuc of HCM City will introduce tai tử music at the event. Their performance will depict the daily life of southern farmers who have worked hard to develop their land prosperity and wealth. 

Tai tử is a part of the region’s traditional music that began 100 years ago. The art is considered the prototype for vọng cổ (nostalgic tunes) and cải lương of the South.  

The music is associated with farmers who sing while working in the fields or relaxing at the end of a hard day. Tai tử songs are often performed at traditional festivals, and wedding and death anniversary events in the region. It was recognised as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2013. 

“We have worked hard for several weeks and spent a lot on beautiful clothes and accessories suited to the show’s theme. Sound and light effects are also used to highlight our art,” said the show’s director-producer Trần Ngọc Giau. 

People’s Artist Giau said the show’s concept will help audiences learn more about Vietnamese culture and theatre. 

Hoi Tụ Tinh Hoa Nghe Thuật Viet will begin at 8pm on Monday, April 26, at the HCM City Opera House, 7 Lam Sơn Square, District 1. VNS

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