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September, 07 2011 09:12:42

City gears up for national theatre fest on Friday

Big day: Several music and dance performances will be held in HCM City on Friday to celebrate National Theatre Day. This is the most important day for theatre performers all over the country. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhat Anh

Big day: Several music and dance performances will be held in HCM City on Friday to celebrate National Theatre Day. This is the most important day for theatre performers all over the country. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhat Anh

HCM CITY — Several music and dance performances will be held in HCM City on Friday to celebrate the National Theatre Day.

This is said to be the most important day in the life of theatre performers all over the country.

The main will open at 7:30pm with hundreds of actors from various forms of theatre performing together at the Military Theatre in Tan Binh District's Cong Hoa Street.

These include cai luong (renovated opera), tuong (classical theatre), cheo (traditional opera), circus and puppet show artists.

Highlights will include cai luong and drama extracts from popular plays like Thai Hau Duong Van Nga (Queen Mother Duong Van Nga) and No Than (Magic Cross-Bow).

The performances will feature well-known stars like Thoai My, Hoai Linh and My Uyen.

Exhibitions of photographs and instruments that trace the development history of Viet Nam's theatre will also included.

Organised by the city's Theatre's Association in co-operation with Tran Huu Trang Cai Luong Theatre, the event will be broadcast live on HCM City Television's Channel 1 (HTV1).

Organisers hope that actors, veterans and the young and even their children will perform in front of a makeshift altar in the middle of the stage.

They will perform famous songs, scenes from classical dramas and excerpts from their signature roles.

The performances will begin early morning and go on until midnight.

"Theatre Day is very big and solemn celebration," said theatre director Hoa Ha.

"All of us will stay up to sing and perform all day and night as a tribute to our ancestors.

"During the day, we will also chant Buddhist sutras, make offerings, perform worshipping rituals and enjoy parties together."

Altars for their ancestors have been set up by every troupe over more than three centuries, he said.

Theatre ancestors are predecessors who have founded the national art form and contributed to its development until today. They are mentors, talented actors and all the people who contributed to making an art form possible, including musicians, choreographers, carpenters, blacksmiths and even traders.

Apart from the ancestry, every theatre worships two baby dolls which represent the audience that patronise the art and offer a means of livelihood to artistes. — VNS

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