Less will be more as foreign art troupes set to enchant Hue

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Thirty-six international art troupes from 27 countries and territories worldwide will perform at the Hue Festival 2012. Nearly twice that many troupes participated at the last festival two years ago.

However, according to Ngo Hoa, head of the Hue Festival 2012 Organizing Board, the art troupes will give a wider range of performances compared to the 2010 show.

"Many of them [the troupes] are famous at other international festivals," he added.

Established in 1988, the Carabosse Company is a group of French fire artists who create large-scale sculptural installations in which fire is the focus of their performance. For this year's festival, the group has constructed an awe-inspiring fire garden outside the Hue royal citadel.

Apart from the festival's opening ceremony on April 7, the group will perform in the following three days at the Hien Nhon Gate.

Mexican guitarist Paco Rentería, who has been compared to Carlos Santana, and was named Tourism Ambassador of Mexico City is also scheduled to perform as part of his current tour of Asia.

Rentería and his band will be playing songs from his new album entitled "Talisman" for their three Hue Festival appearances to be held April 8, 11, and 14 at east stage near Thai Hoa Palace.

Another name from the Latin American musical scene slated to appear at this year's festival is Colombian Lucia Pulido. The female vocalist, known for her rich voice, mined the musical traditions of Latin America to find her distinct style.

She will perform on April 8 and 9 at the Thai Hoa's Eastern Stage and the Royal Theater where Mosaic, a four-member rock band from Israel will also be performing on the same days.

Mosaic has performed in Europe, the US and Mexico and primarily play mainly songs written by band member Oded Zehavi, which span a variety of genres from pop rock to electronic music, with lyrics inspired by Hebrew literature.

The band also includes Michael Melzer, who has been called the "father of the recorder," having been an important artist of the early Israeli music scene.

At the Dai Cung Mon stage on April 8, the Okinawan troupe, popular at previous Hue Festivals, will perform traditional Japanese dances which date back to the Ryukyu Kingdom (15th to 19th century).

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