|Dozens of cai luong (reformed theatre) artists will perform at HCM City's Opera House for an ongoing programme to raise funds for poor theatre artists for the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday. — Photo nld.com.vn
HCM CITY — Dozens of cai luong (reformed theatre) artists will perform at HCM City's Opera House for an ongoing programme to raise funds for poor theatre artists for the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.
The two-hour concert, Nghe Si Tri Am (Performers Together), will feature veteran performers like Ut Bach Lan, Ngoc Giau, Thanh Dien and Thanh Kim Hue, together with their students, cai luong stars Huu Chau and Kim Tieu Long.
They will stage extracts from popular plays such as Ben Cau Det Lua (Weaving by the Bridge) and To Anh Nguyet (Ms ToAnh Nguyet), with performances of People's Artist Kim Cuong, who is also the event's organiser.
"Our art is for 160 poor theatre actors, especially older artists and backstage workers who have devoted their life to the art," said Cuong, 79, who began her career at an early age.
The show aims to encourage more organisations and individuals to contribute to charity, she explained.
"We will present people clothes, food, and money in cash worth VND4 million (US$190) each. We hope we will receive more support after the show," she said.
Last year, Cuong's show attracted more than 140 artists and raised VND1 billion ($45,000) for charity.
Cuong has performed in several hundred plays and recorded albums praising Vietnamese culture and lifestyle in both traditional and modern styles.
She began her professional career when she was 17 and later performed with talented actors such as Nam Phi and Phung Ha, who were students of her mother, Bay Nam, head of Dai Phuoc Cuong Troupe, one of the region's prestigious cai luong troupes.
In recent years, Cuong has been involved in charity. She is the deputy chairman of the HCM City Association in Support of Disabled People and Orphan Children.
The show Nghe Si Tri Am will open at 8pm on January 24. — VNS