HCM CITY Meritorious Artist Kim Tử Long, one of HCM City’s leading theatre actors in cải lương (reformed opera), is one of several artists offering livestreaming performances and videos on social networks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
His live performances feature vọng cổ (nostalgic tunes) songs and famous extracts from dramatic and historical plays.
Tuồng (classical drama), a genre of Vietnamese theatre that originated in the 12th century, is also included.
As the livestream begins on Facebook, Long can be seen sitting on a sofa with his traditional instruments while positioned in front of his computer, amp, and smartphone.
Long and his wife, actress Trinh Trinh, have also released clips on YouTube as their way to encourage fans in the virus fight.
In his video, the couple sings cải lương, a 100-year-old theatre form of the South, in a unique style.
“Livestream shows help my art go to fans more easily and quickly,” said 54-year-old Long, who has 30 years of experience in the industry.
“I spent a few weeks learning how to make a livestream from my young fans, who helped me to offer my art online. I hope my shows on livestream and clips on YouTube will help fans enjoy cải lương while they stay at home,” he said.
Meanwhile, actor Le Tu of Trần Hữu Trang Cải Lương Theatre is working with his staff to release videos on YouTube.
His videos feature plays and songs in praise of Vietnamese history and culture. Patriotism and bravery are highlighted.
“I hope my videos on YouTube will help young fans understand why and how cải lương is the spirit of the Vietnamese people," said Tu, winner of the Special Prize for Actor at the National Theatre Festival for Young Talents in Đa Nẵng in 1998.
“I have tried my best to make each of my online performances to be a quality show that provides young audiences with useful and fascinating things about their traditional theatre.”
"We have faced difficulties in offering live shows amid the Covid-19 pandemic. YouTube is a way to expand our art and entertain audiences,” added Tu, who has spent several hours daily in the studio to complete his videos.
The theatre club called Đời (Life) managed by veteran actress Hồng Trang will livestream their shows on Vietnamese drama next week.
Short plays, La Mua Thu (Autumn Leaves) and Bậu Ơi Đừng Khóc (Girls, Don’t Cry), will feature young actors from art schools such as HCM City University of Theatre & Cinematography and HCM City University of Culture.
Each livestream will feature two or three artists.
“Online performance is different from stage performance. Theatre actors have worked to improve our creations to meet the taste of audiences,” said Meritorious Artist Ca Le Hồng, a theatre critic at the HCM City Theatre Artists’ Association. VNS
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