A contemporary circus based on Vietnamese rural life that has won international plaudits will perform at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House in March and April.
“Lang toi” (My village) by German-Vietnamese director Tuan Le was one of Vietnam’s first modern circuses to tour the world, giving more than 300 performances between 2009 and 2012.
It uses original music from various ethnic groups.
Le became the first Asian to win the Award of Excellence from the International Jugglers’ Association in 2010.
Twenty performers from the Vietnam Circus Federation will tumble and dance around bamboo to recreate daily scenes from the northern countryside at 6 p.m. during weekdays and 8 p.m. on weekends.
The music will comprise the sounds of lullabies, the wind blowing through bamboo forests, brooms sweeping the yard, roosters’ crowing, and chanting from a pagoda.
The circus will replace the “À Ố” show, also created by Le and his team and regularly performed at the Opera House in 2012 and 2013.
Le told Vietnam Television back then that his work aims to win admiration for Vietnamese circus artists who were looked down upon as performers for kids.
“The world circus trend is not about individual acts any more. You need to build up a program with clear storyline and messages, and the actors have to be multifunctional, dancing, playing instruments, and doing circus acts.”
There will be shows this weekend and almost every day from March 20 and every other day in April.
Tickets costing VND630,000-1.47 million (US$30-70) during weekdays and VND599,000-1.4 million on weekends are available at the venue at No.7 Lam Son Square, District 1 (Tel: 08. 3829 9976).
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