Vietnam art troupe headed for Paris festival

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Artists from the Vietnam National Cheo Theater will perform at the Festival de l'Imaginarie (Festival of Imaginary) to begin in France on March 9, Saigon Giai Phong newspaper reported.

They will perform the popular play Quan Am Thi Kinh, or the story of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, at Maison des Cultures du Monde (House of World Cultures) in Paris on March 16 and 17, the paper said.

Cheo, thought to have originated in the north in the 12th century, is satirical folk theater featuring instrumental music and dances, and is realistic rather than stylized.

This year's festival, to take place from March 9 to June 17, will also see 16 other traditional art troupes from Korea, India, Algeria and Morocco, according to Saigon Giai Phong.

Over the period of three months, the festival will be held at several well-known Parisian venues, including the Auditorium of the Louvre Museum.

The Festival de l'Imaginaire, established in 1997, is held each year in spring and features groups of traditional performing artists. It is not uncommon to see great masters, guardians of tradition, performing alongside young artists eager to enrich and revive age-old art forms.

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