Vietnam’s drama theatre troupe on tour in Europe

VietNamNet Bridge – The Viet Nam Drama Theatre is touring Europe to present a comedy criticising egotism. Big ego: A scene in Benh Si (Egotism). The play will be performed in various cities in Europe. — Photo courtesy Viet Nam Drama Theatre The troupe, led by theatre director Nguyen The Vinh, said they are happy to perform for the Vietnamese expatriate communities in Europe. They will perform in the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Russia and Ukraine from now to September 4. Directed by People’s Artist Tuan Hai, the comedy Benh Si (Egotism) is one of the most famous plays written by late playwright Luu Quang Vu. It stars actors Xuan Bac, Phu Don, Viet Thang and actress Ho Lien. Taking place in a rural village in the north, the play is about a commune chairman and his officers, who are ordinary and good-natured people. However, they begin to consider themselves ‘noble’, and start to seek glory. Ridiculousness occurs happen when the officials’ good natures cannot change to adapt to their new lives. Luu Quang Vu wrote more than 50 plays. Most of them criticise the dark side of society, especially focusing on corruption and authoritarian behaviour. The play Benh Si was Vu’s last production before he died aged 40 in a traffic accident in 1988. It has been performed throughout the country and received great acclaim from audiences, said director Vinh. “The play reflects the negative problems of society,” said Vinh. “Though it was written 20 years ago,…... [read more]

Illustrative photo (Photo: baomoi.com)    Hanoi (VNA) - The Vietnam Drama Theatre is touring Europe to present a comedy criticising egotism. The troupe, led by theatre director Nguyen The Vinh, said they are happy to perform for the Vietnamese expatriate communities in Europe. They will perform in the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Russia and Ukraine from now to September 4. Directed by People’s Artist Tuan Hai, the comedy Benh Si (Egotism) is one of the most famous plays written by late playwright Luu Quang Vu. It stars actors Xuan Bac, Phu Don, Viet Thang and actress Ho Lien. Taking place in a rural village in the north, the play is about a commune chairman and his officers, who are ordinary and good-natured people. However, they begin to consider themselves ‘noble’, and start to seek glory. Ridiculousness occurs happen when the officials’ good natures cannot change to adapt to their new lives. Luu Quang Vu wrote more than 50 plays. Most of them criticise the dark side of society, especially focusing on corruption and authoritarian behaviour. The play Benh Si was Vu’s last production before he died aged 40 in a traffic accident in 1988. It has been performed throughout the country and received great acclaim from audiences, said director Vinh. “The play reflects the negative problems of society,” said Vinh. “Though it was written 20 years ago, it’s not out-of-date but still has a power to fight against social evils.” The…... [read more]

The troupe, led by theater director Nguyen The Vinh, said they are happy to perform for the Vietnamese expatriate communities in Europe. They will perform in the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Russia and Ukraine from now to September 4. A scene of the comedy Benh Si (Egotism). Photo: cinet.vn Directed by People’s Artist Tuan Hai, the comedy Benh Si (Egotism) is one of the most famous plays written by late playwright Luu Quang Vu. It stars actors Xuan Bac, Phu Don, Viet Thang and actress Ho Lien. Taking place in a rural village in the North, the play is about a commune chairman and his officers, who are ordinary and good-natured people. However, they begin to consider themselves ‘noble’, and start to seek glory. Ridiculousness occurs happen when the officials’ good natures cannot change to adapt to their new lives. Luu Quang Vu wrote more than 50 plays. Most of them criticize the dark side of society, especially focusing on corruption and authoritarian behavior. The play Benh Si was Vu’s last production before he died aged 40 in a traffic accident in 1988. It has been performed throughout the country and received great acclaim from audiences, said director Vinh. “The play reflects the negative problems of society,” said Vinh. “Though it was written 20 years ago, it’s not out-of-date but still has a power to fight against social evils.” The artists want to honor Vu’s…... [read more]

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) welcomes First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena in Hanoi on August 9 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam will work closely with the NA and the Senate of Cambodia to promote cooperation between the two countries’ Governments and peoples, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has said. She made the remarks while receiving First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena in Hanoi on August 9. She welcomed Nay Pena’s official visit to Vietnam when the two countries are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties (June 24, 1967). She congratulated Cambodia on the successful communal elections last June, voicing her belief that the elections’ results will be an important prerequisite for the success of the general election in 2018. The NA and people of Vietnam are very happy with the big and comprehensive attainments the Cambodian people have obtained over the past years, she added. Applauding the outcomes of the talks between Senate First Vice President Nay Pena and Vietnam’s NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong, Chairwoman Ngan affirmed that the Vietnamese parliament always prioritises reinforcing the two countries’ traditional friendship and all-round cooperation. She also asked her guest and the Cambodian Senate to continue assisting Vietnamese expatriates to settle down in the country and integrate into the local society so that they can serve as a friendship bridge linking the two nations. Nay Pena once again…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam will work closely with the NA and the Senate of Cambodia to promote cooperation between the Governments and peoples of the two countries, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has said. She made the remarks while receiving First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena in Hanoi on August 9. She welcomed Nay Pena’s official visit to Vietnam as the two countries are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties (June 24, 1967). She congratulated Cambodia on the successful communal elections last June, voicing her belief that the results of the elections will be an important prerequisite for the success of the general election in 2018. The NA and the people of Vietnam are very happy with the significant and comprehensive attainments the Cambodian people have obtained over the past few years, she added. Applauding the outcomes of the talks between Senate First Vice President Nay Pena and Vietnam’s NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong, Chairwoman Ngan affirmed that the Vietnamese parliament always prioritises the reinforcement of the two countries’ traditional friendship and all-round cooperation. She also asked her guest and the Cambodian Senate to continue assisting Vietnamese expatriates to settle in the country and integrate into local society so that they may serve as a friendship bridge linking the two nations. Nay Pena once again thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for helping the Cambodian people free themselves from the Pol Pot genocidal regime. …... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam will work closely with the NA and the Senate of Cambodia to promote cooperation between the Governments and peoples of the two countries, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has said. She made the remarks while receiving First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena in Hanoi on August 9. She welcomed Nay Pena’s official visit to Vietnam as the two countries are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties (June 24, 1967). She congratulated Cambodia on the successful communal elections last June, voicing her belief that the results of the elections will be an important prerequisite for the success of the general election in 2018. The NA and the people of Vietnam are very happy with the significant and comprehensive attainments the Cambodian people have obtained over the past few years, she added. Applauding the outcomes of the talks between Senate First Vice President Nay Pena and Vietnam’s NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong, Chairwoman Ngan affirmed that the Vietnamese parliament always prioritises the reinforcement of the two countries’ traditional friendship and all-round cooperation. She also asked her guest and the Cambodian Senate to continue assisting Vietnamese expatriates to settle in the country and integrate into local society so that they may serve as a friendship bridge linking the two nations. Nay Pena once again thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for helping the Cambodian people free themselves from the Pol Pot genocidal regime. …... [read more]

Vietnamese Trade Counsellor to Canada Ha Ke Tuan announced the decision by Vietnamese Industry and Trade Minister Vu Huy Hoang at the awards ceremony held in the Canadian city of Toronto on July 10. The six recipients are Do Huu Bang (Chairman of the Vietnam-Canada Association of Overseas Vietnamese), Giang Tu Binh (President of the H&H Group in Ontario province), Hua Van Dao (President of the Kien Phat company), Nham Tai Phuc (President of the Good Lucky company), Huynh Minh Liang (President of Ocean Packers) and Tran Thi Luong (President of the LMD company). The Vietnamese ambassador to Canada, Nguyen Duc Hung, congratulated the Vietnamese expatriates on receiving the honours. The diplomat said he highly appreciated their enthusiasm and contributions and stressed that the overseas Vietnamese are an important trade link between Canada and Vietnam. The awards recipients vowed to work harder for the sake of the country’s prosperity.... [read more]

State Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan reaffirmed Party and State policy towards the overseas Vietnamese community at a meeting in the northern port city of Hai Phong on January 10 to mark the day when late President Ho Chi Minh welcomed more than 900 Vietnamese expatriates returning to the homeland 50 years ago. The Party and State consider Vietnamese nationals abroad an indispensable part of the Vietnamese nation and an important factor in promoting friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and other countries, said Ms Doan. She acknowledged their contributions to the homeland over the past years and called on them to unite, instil patriotism in their minds, place trust in the Party and contribute to building a strong and prosperous Vietnamese nation. Although half a century has elapsed, Nguyen Huu Phuoc, a resident in Ninh Binh province, who was aboard a ship to Vietnam in 1960, could not hold back his tears recalling the moment when he heard President Ho’s sweet voice on a chilly day. “President Ho encouraged overseas Vietnamese to stand shoulder to shoulder with northern people to overcome difficulties, take an active part in emulation campaigns and practice thrift to build a prosperous nation,” Mr Phuoc recalled. “We were very moved, because we thought that we would never in our lives meet the great leader,” said Mr Phuoc. Unlike Mr Phuoc, Tran Kim, another Vietnamese national returning from France four years later, said he still remembered President Ho welcoming passengers aboard a ship in 1964. “We were…... [read more]

In France, a gathering took place at the Vietnamese Embassy where Vietnamese expatriates recalled sweet memories of that homeland and enjoyed a warm atmosphere of family reunion. Phuong Lan, a Vietnamese residing in France, confided: ”Every year, I attend the ceremony to celebrate the lunar New Year at the Vietnamese Embassy in France. Here I can feel a joyful atmosphere and enjoy Vietnamese traditional food. This is also a good opportunity for me to meet my friends and relatives.” Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador Le Kinh Tai highlighted Vietnam’s significant achievements in recent years and praised the remarkable contributions by the Vietnamese community in France to national construction and defence of their homeland. He revealed that the Overseas Vietnamese Association of France will hold a congress this year. He expressed his hope that Vietnamese nationals in France will help to strengthen cooperation between the two countries. In 2010 Vietnam will celebrate a number of significant events, including the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the 35th anniversary of Southern Liberation Day and the 65th anniversary of the August Revolution. Vietnamese nationals in Japan gathered at the Vietnamese Embassy for a ceremony attended by senior officials and diplomats of both countries. Ambassador Nguyen Phu Binh expressed delight at the fine development in bilateral relations and gave sincere thanks to the Japanese Government and people for their support and good will towards Vietnam. Attendees signaled their love for their homeland and pledged to continue their contributions…... [read more]

But not all overseas Vietnamese are able to return to Vietnam for Tet. Although they have to stay in the residence countries, they always turn their minds to their homeland. Le Trong Van, cultural and historical researcher in the US: Tet (Lunar New Year festival) is an occasion for remembering ancestors.I’m now 78, having lived far from Vietnam for 40 years. I’m greatly moved each time I return to the homeland. I recognize that the country is developing more and more and people’s lives are being improved day by day. In the US, we have to work during the Lunar New Year festival but we still manage to hold our family Tet. Anyway, we are Vietnamese. Tet in Vietnam has its own, distinct atmosphere, with family reunions, peach trees, and real green chung (square glutinous rice) cakes. In the US, there are also chung cakes, but they are wrapped in tin foil, not in phrynium leaves. In the US, we often teach children Vietnamese history and the Vietnamese language. I’ve celebrated Tet in Vietnam several times. I especially remember the Tet of 1999, when I first returned to Vietnam for a family reunion. I now want to contribute more to the fatherland. I want to write a lot of articles on Hanoi in response to its 1000th anniversary. In the past, I took part in the resistance wars and now my spirit goes back to the homeland and I want to resettle in Vietnam someday. Vietnamese culture is different from…... [read more]




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