HA NOI — The experimental theatre piece Nguyen Du voi Kieu (Nguyen Du and Kieu) was performed yesterday at the Ha Noi Opera House, as part of the celebration by the Association of Viet Nam Theatre Artists of the 50th anniversary of International Theatre Day. The play, inspired by Truyen Kieu (The Tale of Kieu), the national epic poem written by Nguyen Du in the 18th century, was staged by the Youth Theatre's experimental theatre group using a combination of contemporary and traditional forms.
The Association of Viet Nam Theatre Artists joined the International Theatre Institute (ITI) under UNESCO in 2004 and set up the Viet Nam ITI Centre. Celebrations of the 50th anniversary of International Theatre Day will be held today at the UNESCO office in Paris with the participation of many famous artists. The institute, which has 100 members, aims to highlight the role of theatre in the development of world culture and to promote the influence of theatre in contemporary life. — VNS