Acclaimed Japanese mime artist to entertain Vietnam audiences

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A solo pantomime performance by a prominent Japanese artist will take place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City this month in celebration of Vietnam Japan Friendship Year, which marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two nations.

Iimuro Naoki, who has been performing at numerous festivals worldwide and receiving awards for his skills, will perform in HCMC on March 5-6, according to a press release issued by the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange.

He will revive his "A World in Balance" act, which helped him win the gold medal at the 2009 World Delphic Games, a competition among international young professionals in various artistic fields.

In Hanoi on March 9-10, he will perform "Angel," a series of acts which promises to take audiences on a "dream-like" journey to the depths of the sea, the agency said.

Iimuro studied under Marcel Marceau, the world acclaimed French actor who is credited with founding modern mime. He performed in Vietnam in 2010 and 2011, receiving rave reviews from local audiences and members of the media, who praised his ability to trigger laughter from the audience, while simultaneously evoking deeper emotions.

The upcoming shows are for adults and children over six years old.

Tickets are free and may be obtained at:

  • The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, 27 Quang Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Nha Hat The Gioi Tre (Youth World Theater), 125 Cong Quynh Street, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1, HCMC.

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