Hanoi Opera House presents a month of drama

The Hanoitimes - After the first joint-effort of the play entitled Caucasian Chalk Circle in 2014, the Hanoi-based Youth Theatre are cooperating with German director Dominik Gunther from Hamburg and puppeteers from Dresden to stage a play entitled Fisherman and a Golden Fish. Fisherman and a Golden Fish play is a combination of a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm and a popular story in Vietnam. The play also utilizes audio clips, allowing the audience to hear voices of Vietnamese and German children. A German and Vietnamese language version of the play will be performed in April 2016 with the puppeteers from Dresden. This is a cooperation project between the Hanoi-based Youth Theatre and Germany's Dresden young Theatre with support of the Goethe Institute in Hanoi, aiming to foster cultural exchanges and share experiences on stage art between artists and children of Vietnam and Germany. The Fisherman and a Golden Fish play is to be performed at the Youth Theatre, 11 Ngo Thi Nham street, on November 28 and 29. Free tickets are available at the theatre and the Goethe Institute, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc street, beginning November 23. Thu Minh... [read more]

Grimm tale: Artists rehearse the play Fisherman and a Golden Fish, the second co-operation between the Ha Noi Youth Theatre and German artists. — Photo thoidai.com.vn HA NOI (VNS) — German director Dominik Gunther from Hamburg and puppeteers from Dresden are cooperating with the Ha Noi-based Youth Theatre to stage a play entitled Fisherman and a Golden Fish. The play is a combination of a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm and a popular story in Viet Nam. This is the second joint-effort of the noted director. Last year, they worked on The Caucasian Chalk Circle by German playwright Bertolt Brecht. The play also utilizes audio clips, allowing the audience to hear voices of Vietnamese and German children. "I got to know the actors last year…This year, I'm really happy that I have such strong actors. They are really good with body language, so I can add a lot of really difficult things for them to perform," Gunther told Viet Nam News. "Dominik's staging style is like those of many German theatrical directors, who consider theatre a game of arts," commented People's Artists Le Khanh, vice director of the play, "The game is objective. It just raises issues through events." Khanh further said that though she has been an experienced artist working in the field for many years, she admires the director and finds him to be an interesting person. "I kept telling my colleagues to take advantage of this opportunity to come to the rehearsals and learn from him.…... [read more]

Fisherman and a Golden Fish. The play is a combination of a fairy tale by Brothers Grimm and Vietnamese folk literature. This is the second joint effort of the noted director with the theatre. Last year, they worked on The Caucasian Chalk Circle by German master playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956). Eight years ago, Gunther founded the Neandertal Theatre in a Hamburg neighbourhood. Since September 2005, he has been a lecturer on set and role study at the Schauspiel-Studio Frese in Hamburg. He chats with Culture Vulture about his second co-work in Ha Noi: What are the theatrical methods you applied in this play? This is a play for children. They are the most difficult audience because their reaction is always like the truth. If they are bored, they will express their boredom by getting loud and noisy. They want to be entertained really well. That is why I want to apply more actions on the stage that actors have to work more. They work with their bodies, with not too much of talking because it will be boring. In this play, we have a big fish and big puppets in the play as I think children are very impressed with this style. It is really an action play, but it is also important to attract the children's parents as well. So, it is really difficult to combine all these interests. What do you think about Vietnamese artists' capabilities? The actors are people I got to know last year. Now this…... [read more]

German director Dominik Gunther will collaborate with the Youth Theatre in Hanoi to introduce the play "Fisherman and a Golden Fish" to Vietnamese and German theatre-goers, the theatre announced recently. The performance, planned under a cultural cooperation project between the Youth Theatre and Dresden’s New Generation Theatre, aims to strengthen cultural exchange and experience in fine arts. Accordingly, Dominik Gunther will direct the play, while People’s Artist Le Khanh and director Bui Nhu Lai will act as his deputies. Casting is ongoing. The play will run from November 27 to 29 in Hanoi, promising to impress audiences with new acting and stage styles. This is the second time Dominik Gunther has worked with the Youth Theatre. In 2014, he set up the "Caucasian Chalk Circle" for the first time with the participation of Vietnamese actors.... [read more]

Though of good quality, most plays of drama, "cai luong" (modern folk opera popular in southern Vietnam), "tuong" (traditional Vietnamese opera) and "cheo" (northern stage performance) produced by theaters in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have been commercial flops, as audiences are reluctant to buy tickets. Over the past few years most theaters in Hanoi, including Hong Ha, Dai Nam, Kim Ma, No. 1 Trang Tien, and Chuong Vang have faced tremendous difficulty staging their shows. Though each play takes up to three months to produce and rehearse, most of them are staged only two or three times, or sometimes even just once. "Best-selling" plays such as "Khi Hoa No Trai Mua" (When Flowers Bloom Unseasonally), "Yeu La Thoat Toi" (Love Means Sin Erasure), "Mong Gio Dung Doi Chieu" (Hope The Winds Don't Change Directions), and "Dung Giua Troi Xanh" (Standing in the Blue Sky), which are produced by the Hanoi Cai Luong Theater, can only be staged three times on average each month. Though dramas fare slightly better than "cai luong" and "cheo" productions, even high-profile plays including "Nha Osin" (Domestic Workers' House) and "Hon Truong Ba Da Hang Thit" (Swapping Bodies), which were produced in 2012 and 2013 by the Tuoi Tre (Youth) Theater, are rarely performed on a monthly basis. Every theater in Hanoi and other northern provinces produce their plays on state funds. Those which operate under the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, including the Tuoi Tre Theater, Vietnam Cheo Theater, and Vietnam National…... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - Caucasian Chalk Circle is being staged at the Viet Nam Youth Theatre for the first time. - Photo courtesy of Goethe Institute Standing in the middle of a Caucasian chalk circle, two women claim a boy to be their own offspring and are firmly gripping each of the boy'shands as a judge looks on . Actors of the Viet Nam Youth Theatre performed this excerpt from Caucasian Chalk Circle, the renowned work of the late German modernist playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), at a recent press conference on the cultural co-operation project between the theatre and Goethe Institute in the capital city. Caucasian Chalk Circle will be performed for the first time at the Viet Nam Youth Theatre under this project. The excerpt at the press conference features a trial over the right to keep the child, and the ending was not shown. The play narrates the story of a servant who sacrifices her love for a soldier to rescue a baby boy, and in the process, she becomes a better mother to the boy than his real parents, who are wealthy. Truong Nhuan, the theatre director, nurtured the project after taking part in a festival in Germany last year. He told Goethe Institute of his desire to stage a German play in Viet Nam for Vietnamese audiences. Goethe Institute approved the proposal, and Caucasian Chalk Circle was chosen to introduce a new artistic style for Vietnamese theatre lovers. In the past, Russian theatre director Sergeievich Stanislavsky's reality…... [read more]

Motorcycle ride fights cancer A group of eight motorcyclists from Australia plus several from other countries will join a 200km journey in Russian-made Ural sidecars from Ha Noi to Pu Luong nature reserve in Thanh Hoa Province on September 28. The tour operator, Glenn Phillips, said yesterday that the journey, the 2014 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, was being held to raise funds for prostate cancer research. Participants hope to raisen US$1 million, including some of it donated themselves. Each sponsor is expected to contribute US$200 to the ride. Participants can visit www.gentlemansride.com/rider/glennoi or www.gentlemansride.com to learn more. Hotel holds fundraising gala The New World Sai Gon Hotel will marks its 20 anniversary on October 8 with a gala dinner of "giving back to the community", raising funds for the Christina Noble Children's Foundation. The event will begin with cocktails and champagne, canapes and gourmet hors d'oeuvres before the five-course dinner prepared by three of the New World's top executive chefs, Richard Hilton from New World Beijing Hotel, Ivan Chieregatti from New World Makati Hotel and Saju Rajappan from New World Sai Gon Hotel. The dinner will also feature entertainment including magic, live acoustic music, and a DJ. A live auction will be held to raise money for the charity. Tickets are VND4.2 million (US$ 200) per person, including a gift voucher for a one-night stay at the Residence Club Deluxe Room, with breakfast for two. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Christina Noble Children's Foundation, in support of…... [read more]

by Le Binh HA NOI (VNS) - Standing in the middle of a Caucasian chalk circle, two women claim a boy to be their own offspring and are firmly gripping each of the boy's hands as a judge looks on . Actors of the Viet Nam Youth Theatre performed this excerpt from Caucasian Chalk Circle, the renowned work of the late German modernist playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), at a recent press conference on the cultural co-operation project between the theatre and Goethe Institute in the capital city. Caucasian Chalk Circle will be performed for the first time at the Viet Nam Youth Theatre under this project. The excerpt at the press conference features a trial over the right to keep the child, and the ending was not shown. The play narrates the story of a servant who sacrifices her love for a soldier to rescue a baby boy, and in the process, she becomes a better mother to the boy than his real parents, who are wealthy. Truong Nhuan, the theatre director, nurtured the project after taking part in a festival in Germany last year. He told Goethe Institute of his desire to stage a German play in Viet Nam for Vietnamese audiences. Goethe Institute approved the proposal, and Caucasian Chalk Circle was chosen to introduce a new artistic style for Vietnamese theatre lovers. In the past, Russian theatre director Sergeievich Stanislavsky's reality plays influenced Vietnamese theatre, and Brecht's abstract work was placed on the back burner. "It is a…... [read more]

PANO - The famous play "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" by German modern playwright Bertolt Brecht, jointly staged by the Hanoi-based Tuoi Tre (Youth) Theatre and the Goethe Institute, have left deep impression on Vietnamese audiences. This masterpiece has been staged under modern style, using Pop music and interaction with the audiences. Directed by Director Dominik Guenther, the play is about the war and the chaos in the house of a wealthy military governor. Grusche, a maid, was given the little son of her boss by his mother before escaping alone. After escaping from riot in the boss's house, Grusche brought up the little boy with her boundless love as if he was as her own son despite numerous difficulties and dangers. Her love for the little boy caused a tragedy to her own life. Her darling, Simon doubted and left her. One day, the boss' wife appeared to claim back her son as he would inherit a huge property. It is love that bound Grusche, the boy together, and the court decided that Grusche could keep the boy. For the German director, love and humanity are the main themes of this play. To make this classic play familiar to today's audiences, he adds some new factors, such as modern costume, a singer as the story-teller with the support of electronic music and other sound effects. The Goethe Institute's Director Almuth Meyer-Zollitsch highly appreciated Vietnamese artists and held that they found the common voice through "The Caucasian Chalk Circle". After three…... [read more]

One of the notable plays by eminent German modernist playwright Bertolt Brecht will be staged for the first time in Hanoi next week. is directed by famed German director Dominik Gunther, and features talented Vietnamese artists. "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" is one of the most performed German plays. A cooperation work between Tuoi Tre (Youth) Theater and the Goethe Institute, the play will be staged at 8:00 pm on September 17, 18 and 19at the theater at 11 Ngo Thi Nham Street, Hai Ba Trung District. The Vietnamese version will retain most of the original's content, setting, and discourse, but will feature creative changes regarding costumes, music, and the narrator. Free tickets are now handed out at the Goethe Institute, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh District, and Tuoi Tre Theater. Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was a reputable German master playwright, theater director, and poet. He was also one of the world's most influential theater directors in the 20th century. An example of Brecht's epic theater, "The Caucasian Chalk Circle," (German: "Der Kaukasische Kreidekreis") is a parable about a young peasant woman who rescues a baby and becomes a better mother than his rich biological parents. The play was written in 1944 while Brecht was living in the United States and was later translated into English. Its first professional production was made in Philadelphia before premiering in Berlin in 1954. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!... [read more]




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