Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Vietnam To Stage Huge, Traditional Opera [Cai Luong] Gala In Ho Chi Minh City Sports Center Just Before Winter Solstice

"A program for Cai luong (kind of traditional Vietnamese Theatrical Art) Gala 2006 is being prepared by the Tran Huu Trang Theater.

It is expected to make a breakthrough in this performing art, finding the new way for long-established arts in the competitive environment between folk and innovative performing arts.

The famous Truyen Kieu (Kieu Story) of poet Nguyen Du will be presented in the program under the direction of Hoa Ha.

It will include seven scenes, each with a different actor playing the role of the main character Kieu, describing the life of Kieu from young to old. Each scene is directed by by a different directing teams, coordinated by Director Hoa Ha.

The cost for the program is estimated at VND1.8 billion, of which VND1.2 billion is provided by Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and the rest from sponsors, ticket, TV rights, publications, and disk sales. In July, the theatre leader will submit the program project to the committee for approval.

The program will be held at the Phan Dinh Phung Sports Center in early December.

“The theater plans to gather artists to rehearse for this programme from this month. All famous actors, including gifted ones living abroad, will be invited to join the program,” said Mr Phan Quoc Hung, director of the Tran Huu Trang Theatre, “Stunt men and hundreds of figurants will take part in the scenes of periods of unrest . Some kinds of arts such as dancing, songs in chorus, light music and opera will be included in the program.”

Vietnam Net Bridge "VND1.8 billion for traditional opera gala 2006" July 26, 2006

Scene from Vietnamese Cai luong performance.

Select a song and listen to Cai luong [Eight audio samples].

"Cai Luong (Renovated Opera) appeared in the southern part of Vietnam in the 1920s. This relatively modern form combines drama, modeled after French comedy, and singing. Scenes are elaborate and are changed frequently throughout the play. Cai luong is similar to the Western operettas and more easily depicts the inner feelings of the characters. Songs of the Cai luong are based on variations of a limited number, perhaps 20, of tunes with different tempos for particular emotions - this convention permits a composer to choose among 20 variations to express anger, and as many to portray joy.

The principal supporting songs in Cai Luong is the Vong Co (literally, nostalgia for the past). Cai luong owes much of its success to the sweet voices of the cast, much appreciated by the audience. Upon hearing the first bars of the well-loved Vong Co, the audience reacts with gasps of recognition and applause.

The Cai luong performance includes dances, songs, and music; the music originally drew its influences from southern folk music. Since then, the music of Cai luong has been enriched with hundreds of new tunes. A Cai luong orchestra consists mainly of guitars with concave frets, and danakim.

Over the years, Cai luong has experienced a number of changes to become a type of stage performance highly appreciated by the Vietnamese people as well as foreign visitors."

Other Renaissance Theater links:

Cheo (Vietnamese popular opera)

Tuong (Vietnamese classical opera)

Roi nuoc (Vietnamese Water puppetry)

Text and photo credits: Vietnam Style: Vietnam Traditional Theater Vietnam Datacommunication Company (VDC) With thanks.


Blogger Kyle Foley said...

i'm finally getting back to you regarding your generous comment. i've already found 3 of (yushenko's?) poems to the 13th and have also already plowed through the first one, looking up the words i don't know. i'm really good with languages, this is my ninth and i learned the alphabet in a half hour. i found the 3 poems at but i still can't find the second, humor, and the fourth, fears. do you know where i might find them? i have purchased the 14th symphony and i do plan to listen to that one in greater depth and thanks for the recommendation on buonarti's sonnets.

also about the poverty in dc - i blame the corporate media, remember corporations pay the media their salary.

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