Vietnam's drama theatre troupe performs in Czech Republic

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 “Though it was written 20 years ago, it’s not out-of-date but still has a power to fight against social evils.”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]

Vietnam's drama theatre troupe performs in Czech Republic
The plays follow the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism directive to bring high quality art performances back to the prestigious venue since last year. Artists from the Youth Theatre, Hanoi Drama Theatre, Vietnam Drama Theatre, Drama Troupe of People’s Public Security Ministry and the Drama Troupe of People’s Army will perform popular plays that have won prizes at national and international contests. The plays are: Caucasian Chalk Circle directed by German director Dominik Gunther (Youth Theatre); Cat Bui (Sand) directed by Xuan Huyen (Hanoi Drama Theatre); Kieu (The tale of Kieu) directed by Anh Tu (Vietnam Drama Theatre); Bao Cua Hoang Hon (Storm at Sunset) directed by Le Hung (Drama Troupe of People’s Public Security Ministry) and Duoi Cat La Nuoc (Water Under the Sand) directed by Le Hung (Drama Troupe of People’s Army). “These 11 plays do not represent all theatres joining the programme this August,” said People’s Artist Chi Trung, director of the Youth Theatre, “But they are the best we have staged." “I know that every artist having a chance to perform at the Opera House is well aware of his/her responsibility and will do his/her best.” He also said that he expects the plays to attract about 500 people each night. While this is not a big number, it will inspire and encourage actors to follow the career, he added. Dao Van Hoang, deputy head of the culture ministry’s Performing Arts Agency, said the programme will be continued for a longer time, offering chances…... [read more]

A scene from Caucasian Chalk Circle, a play produced by the Youth Theatre (Photo: nhahattuoitre.vn) Hanoi (VNA) - A series of plays by artists from five leading troupes in the capital city will be performed at the Hanoi Opera House in August. The plays follow the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism directive to bring high quality art performances back to the prestigious venue since last year. Artists from the Youth Theatre, Hanoi Drama Theatre, Vietnam Drama Theatre, Drama Troupe of People’s Public Security Ministry and the Drama Troupe of People’s Army will perform popular plays that have won prizes at national and international contests. The plays are: Caucasian Chalk Circle directed by German director Dominik Gunther (Youth Theatre); Cat Bui (Sand) directed by Xuan Huyen (Hanoi Drama Theatre); Kieu (The tale of Kieu) directed by Anh Tu (Vietnam Drama Theatre); Bao Cua Hoang Hon (Storm at Sunset) directed by Le Hung (Drama Troupe of People’s Public Security Ministry) and Duoi Cat La Nuoc (Water Under the Sand) directed by Le Hung (Drama Troupe of People’s Army). “These 11 plays do not represent all theatres joining the programme this August,” said People’s Artist Chi Trung, director of the Youth Theatre, “But they are the best we have staged." “I know that every artist having a chance to perform at the Opera House is well aware of his/her responsibility and will do his/her best.” He also said that he expects the plays to attract about 500 people each night. While this is not…... [read more]

(VOVworld) – Since last autumn, the Hanoi Opera House has been staging more world class art performances in accordance with a new policy of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. The Hanoi Opera House is now one of the most opulent buildings in Hanoi. It is a favored venue social major events, meetings, and performances by domestic and foreign art troupes. Since the 71st anniversary of August Revolution and National Independence, on September 2, last year, major programs have been staged there by the Vietnam Symphony Orchestra, the Vietnam Drama Theatre, the Cai Luong (reform opera) Theatre, and the National Musical and Dance Theatre. Many shows, that have won gold or silver medals at national festivals, debuted at the Hanoi Opera House. Nguyen The Vinh, Director of the Vietnam Drama Theatre, said: “This is the first time our play “Black panther task force” has been performed at the Hanoi Opera House. We staged “Hamlet” twice at this theatre. In 2017, we will perform there regularly. I hope that with funding from private businesses, opera houses in Vietnam will get out of financial difficulties.” It’s an artist dream to perform at the Hanoi Opera House, which was built in 1911 in the heart of Hanoi. People’s Artist Thanh Ngoan, Director of the Cheo (traditional operetta) Theater, said:“This year we will restage popular plays, such as “Xuy Van”, “Who buys my onions”, and many others. We try to stoke people’s passion for tradition and artistry.” With the Hanoi Opera House vigorously…... [read more]

(VOVworld) - 16 foreign and 8 Vietnamese plays are performed at the 3rd International Experimental Theatre Festival in Hanoi. The event opened on Monday and will run until Sunday. Each day 2 or 3 plays are performed, and admission to all play is free. The performers are from the Philippines, China, Japan, Germany, France, Greece, Panama, and Vietnam. The Philippines, a representative from ASEAN, contributes an entry called "Pure Love". Japan brings to the festival The Seagull by the Theatre Centre Without Walls and China has White Snake, performed by the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Ramayana by theHenan Beijing Opera Troupe. European entries include "Hotel Paradiso", a German contribution characterized by black humor with a hint of melancholy, France's Münchhausen Odyssey and "I remember" performed by the Noiti Grammi Theatre Group of Greece. Panama, the sole representative from America, presents "This ship will not float forever."People's Artist Le Tien Tho, Chairman of the Vietnam Stage Artists' Association, said: "A large number of troupes registered this year. We received 39 submissions and selected the most experimental and qualified entries. Experimental theater has proved its vanguard role, which is to reform theater staging, writing, and performing." Vietnam contributes 8 plays, including "Truong Ba's Soul in the Butcher's Body" premiered by Thang Long Puppetry Theatre, "Nguyen Du with Kiều"performed by the Youth Theatre, and "Hamlet" performed by the Vietnam Drama Theatre. The 24 plays are performed at the Youth Theatre, the Vietnam Drama Theatre, the Army Drama Theatre, the Workers' Theatre, Dai…... [read more]

(VOVworld) – The Tale of Kieu by Nguyen Du will staged by the Vietnam Drama Theatre next month. The play directed by People’s Artist Anh Tu will present the Tale of Kieu in a new art form but will preserve the social themes of the story, the injustice of Vietnam’s feudal society and the emotional suffering of people, especially women. The work celebrates kindness, filial piety, and loyalty. The Tale of Kieu will be told through singing and dancing. Anh Tu said:"The play is performed in a different style but respects the original content. The Tale of Kieu reflects a deteriorating feudal society dominated by money and power. But I want to highlight the great humanitarian values in the work".... [read more]

Telecommunication standardization in Asia-Pacific A meeting of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity( APT) took place in Vietnam's central city of Da Nang on August 23 in preparation for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2016 and the ITU Regional Standardization Forum. The final meeting aimed to develop and finalize the Preliminary APT Common Proposals for this year's assembly, scheduled to be held in Tunisia in late October. Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong said Vietnam has cooperated closely with other members in the Asia and Pacific region. "The standardization of the IT and communications sectors is of great significance because it will be hard for member countries get connected with each other without common standards and regulations. There are many working groups at this meeting discussing wireless technology, equipment and network standards," said Hong. General Vo Nguyen Giap central to Vietnam's victories A seminar about General Vo Nguyen Giap and Vietnam's revolution was held in Hanoi on August 23 prior to the General's 105th birthday anniversary (August 25). Participants discussed General Vo Nguyen Giap's life and revolutionary career. "During his revolutionary life of over 80 years General Giap had made extraordinary contributions to the Party, the nation, and the revolution. He was a talented military strategist who developed strategies and tactics for the people's war in the Ho Chi Minh era," they said. His name is closely associated with the Dien Bien Phu victory, which was a victory of international significance. Associate Professor, Doctor Trinh Thi…... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - Numerous art performances and activities to mark the 71st anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and the National Day (September 2) are being organised throughout the country. An array of activities are taking place across the nation to celebrate the upcoming 71st National Day (September 2). Hanoi's Department of Culture and Sports will organise a series of cultural, arts and sports programmes to mark the 71st anniversary of the National Day (September 2). On September 2, the art performances will take place in the August Revolution Square, Dong Kinh - Nghia Thuc Square, My Dinh National Stadium, and centers of districts and towns in the city. In addition, Hanoi city also hold some talkings about the topic of the August Revolution (August 19) and the National Day (September 2), and a bicycle race around Hoan Kiem lake on August 28. The Ho Chi Minh Youth Union will hold the 4th Congress of young role models in following President Ho Chi Minh’s teachings in Hanoi from August 28-29. According to the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, 445 delegates will attend the Congress themed “I love my nation”. During the Congress, participants will offer incense at President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, meet with National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, and plant trees. Art shows will take place at the Hanoi Opera House, the Vietnam Drama Theatre and the Vietnam Cheo Theatre from August 30 to September 1, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said on…... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – Activities are being held across the nation to celebrate the upcoming 71st National Day (September 2). The Ho Chi Minh Youth Union will hold the 4th Congress of young role models in following President Ho Chi Minh’s teachings in Hanoi on August 28-29. Representatives from the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union told a press conference in Hanoi on August 22 that 445 delegates will attend the Congress under the theme “I love my nation”. During the Congress, participants will offer incense at President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, meet with National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, and plant trees. Art shows will take place at the Hanoi Opera House, the Vietnam Drama Theatre and the Vietnam Cheo Theatre from August 30 to September 1, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said on August 22. Ho Chi Minh City is also planning activities to mark the 71st anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day, including art shows, fireworks and a bicycle race. Previously on August 21, the southern province of Khanh Hoa held the programme themed “Colour run – I love my nation” in Nha Trang city as part of activities to mark the 71st anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day. During the programme, 4,000 young participants made the shape of Vietnam, including the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes, and chanted the slogan “I love my nation”. In the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, a ceremony was…... [read more]

(VOVworld) – Nestled in the heart of Vietnam’s capital city, the Hanoi Opera House is an ideal venue for top-notch performances. As from this autumn forth, the Opera House will be hosting more classical shows to meet the public’s entertainment needs. Dubbed a miniature of the Opera Garnier in Paris, the Hanoi Opera House was built in 1911. It was assessed by Japanese architects as one of the most beautiful buildings in Southeast Asia. The Hanoi Opera House is now the most opulent building in Hanoi, and houses major events, meetings, and high-class performances by domestic and world troupes. Although it is touted as a temple of Vietnamese art, the Hanoi Opera House used to be a venue for miscellaneous, non-artistic shows, get-togethers, and celebrations for organizations and businesses. Top-notch artistic performances, including traditional shows as cheo (classical opera), tuong (classical drama), and cai luong (reformed theatre) rarely took place there. The Opera House was turned into an “event house” rather than a rendez-vous point for art professionals and lovers, which did not benefit its artistic and architectural prestige. Historian Duong Trung Quoc suggests that it’s time to restore the Opera House’s original functions: “It’s important to preserve both the tangible and intangible values of the Opera House. Events or shows that do not suit this venue should not be held there.” The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has ordered the Department of Performing Arts and the Hanoi Opera House to work on high-quality programs to be staged at…... [read more]


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