Water Puppet Show Hanoi Vietnam

 

Price: US$27 (included taxes & service charge)
Routes: Hotel – Puppet Theater – Hotel
Duration: 1 day/0 night
Depart from: Hotel
Return to: Hotel

Puppetry is common throughout the world, but puppetry theatre of Vietnam on water is unique. The art of water puppetry appeared in the Ly dynasty (1010-1225). Vestiges of evidence have been found in several places such as the pavilion on water by the Long Tri lake in the Thay Pagoda, Ha Tay province.
Water puppetry was developed in lake and pond-rich areas in the Red River Delta. The surface of water serves as the stage while spectators sit at the edge of water. The puppeteers both male and female stand waist-deep in the water to manipulate the puppets making them move about and even dance on the surface of the water. The water serves not only to hide the puppeteers and strings of the puppets but also to create a trembling stage full of reflection, while providing natural amplification for singing puppeteers accompanied by percussion music and fire crackers.

In the old days, puppeteers grouped together into guilds. Nowadays, they are brought together in the National Water Puppetry Theatre and various provincial and even private troupes. Every puppet is a piece of real folk sculpture. It is made of wood, painted with water-proof lacquer. The prominent character is buffoon Teu with a plump body and a humorous smile. When the curtain is raised, the merry, arch Teu enters onto the stage and introduces the play. A considerable repertoire of traditional water puppet plays still get a big hand from the audience. They include the Teu Dance, Buffalo Fighting, Duck Tender Chasing Fox and Chess Playing.

Note: You will be collected from your hotel. Pick up time will be advised upon confirmation of booking.
Trip includes:

Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Private air-conditioning transportation throughout the program
English/French/Chinese speaking guide serving throughout the program.
Entrance tickets for all sightseeing as mentioned in the program

Trip excludes:

Drinks, tips, other meals and personal expenses not mentioned in the program

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