|Hát bội or tuồng (classical drama), a genre of traditional theatre in the central and south regions, will be staged for tourists in Vịnh Long Province this year, thanks to a programme launched by the province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. — VNS Photo Thanh Hiệp |Viet Nam News
VĨNH LONG — Shows featuring hát bội (classical drama) will be launched in Vịnh Long Province in an bid to attract tourists and preserve traditional theatre, the province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has said.
The programme’s young artists, mostly from local art troupes, have been studying at art schools and theatres, including the prestigious HCM City Hát Bội Theatre and the HCM City University of Culture, to improve their voice and performance skills.
The department has worked with many tourist agencies in the region and HCM City to set up performance schedules.
Fifty tourist guides, who have been trained in introducing the art to tourists, have also contributed their ideas as well.
Hát bội or tuồng is often performed at ceremonies and festivals at temples and pagodas in Vĩnh Long, Cần Thơ, Tiền Giang and Sóc Trắng provinces and in HCM City.
Stories in hát bội feature historical events and social problems. The actors, skilled in both singing and dance, do their own make-up and design their costumes.— VNS