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Stranger looks at stereotypes

Update: April, 06/2012 - 09:13
Who are you: Phan Y Ly (right) and Ho Ngoc Bao Khiem perform in the "devised theatre" piece Stranger, which explores issues such as masculinity and femininity. — VNA/VNS Photo Truong Vi

HA NOI — "Devised theatre" will be introduced to the country for the first time through a performance of Stranger in the capital today and tomorrow.

The one-and-a half-hour performances will explore issues stemming from stereotypes of masculinity and femininity. It traces the journey of a young woman and man who question the gender roles they are subject to and who discover acceptance through experiencing conflict and rejection with society, lovers and themselves.

According to Phan Y Ly, founder of SameStuff Theatre, the performance aims at experimenting with and applying new theatre alongside stimulating discussion and critical thinking on gender in Viet Nam.

"Devised theatre involves a process by which actors and directors create a show without using a script," Ly explains, adding, "The actors start with questions and themes and create improvisations that illustrate the conflicts in the topic they are exploring."

Aspects of the actors' personal life mix with performances to build stories and journeys while visual and physical techniques are used to introduce spontaneity.

The show will involve only artists Ly and actor Ho Ngoc Bao Khiem.

After its debut, the artists wish to bring the show to numerous other venues to afford audiences access to this new style.

Stranger is a joint production between SameStuff Theatre and English theatre artists Robert Hale and Paul Burgess.

Founded in 2006, SameStuff Theatre is an independent experimental theatre group that aims to explore and experiment with different performing art techniques while using performance as a means of social transformation.

The performances will be held from 7.30-9.30pm tonight and tomorrow night at the Black Box, located at 56 Nguyen Khuyen Street, Ha Noi. — VNS

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