Diễn xướng, a folk singing genre of the southern region, is still performed by State-owned traditional art troupes in the area. — Photo ngheanvannghe.vn
Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — A project to preserve diễn xướng (singing and talking), a folk singing genre which originated in the country’s southern region, will launch this week in HCM City.
Diễn Xướng Nam Bộ (Folk Singing Genre of the Southern Region) is organised by the Soul Music and Performing Arts Academy’s Soul Live Project, a long-term cultural programme that aims to expand Vietnamese traditional music and theatre.
The project includes a series of performances, talk shows and seminars featuring the history of diễn xướng, including folk songs, dances and plays of different styles created and performed by southern farmers in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The project has received support from dozens of cultural researchers, music and theatre critics, and veteran performers of the region.
The project’s first workshop will include Gia Định-Sài Gòn: Điệu Hát, Câu Hò Ngày Ấy (Gia Định-Sài Gòn: Songs and Dances in the Past), a 60-minute documentary featuring folk singing and dancing of the South performed by people from Gia Định-Sài Gòn (now HCM City).
The film was directed by researcher Huỳnh Ngọc Trảng, from the HCM City Institute of Culture and Arts Research. He has more than 20 years of experience in the art and has written more than 70 books and documentaries on traditional culture, fine arts and religion of the South.
The event will also feature performances of various styles of folk singing and dance staged by veteran artists.
The first workshop for Diễn Xướng Nam Bộ will begin at 7pm on April 8 at the Soul Live Complex at 216 Pasteur Street in District 3. Tickets are priced at VNĐ200,000 and VNĐ160,000 for students. — VNS