hits Cambodian stage
HA NOI — A play entitled Stereo Man was presented last
night by actors of Ha Noi’s Tuoi Tre (Youth) Theatre at the Mekong Arts and
Media Festival 2009 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Through body language, the play explores the feelings and
aspirations of an HIV-infected man while examining social issues, gender, sex,
HIV/AIDS, homoeroticism and violence.
The play was first performed by the Youth Theatre’s actors,
including Bui Nhu Lai, Hoai Nam, Cong Dung and Hoang Tung, in the 2007 Mekong
Experimental Theatre Festival.
More than 50 performances of Stereo Man have been
presented for free at universities and colleges throughout the country, as well
as in Thailand and India.
The Viet Nam Youth Theatre, Thailand’s Wandering Moon, Crescent
Moon and Khanda Arts, Myanmar’s Mandalay Marionettes Troupe, Laos’s Kabong Lao,
China’s Nengguan Performing Arts&Training Centre, and the Philippine Educational
Theatre Association (PETA) were joined by artists from the Philippines, Japan,
Singapore and Indonesia, to give their creative take on the challenging
realities in the region.
"We’ve learnt many useful things from foreign colleagues in the
festival, which will give us creativity in our forthcoming projects," said actor
This year’s five-day event which will end tonight focuses on
social issues including gender, sex, HIV/AIDS and family violence.
"It’s easy to understand why body language takes priority at the
festival," says Lai, "because it helps actors overcome language barriers."
PETA and the Centre for Community Health Research and
Development have organised a series of cultural events to mark its activities in
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, China and the Greater Mekong
Subregion over the past three years.
By converging the diverse arts and creative media of the Mekong
Subregion, the festival provides an opportunity for artists, media
practitioners, cultural workers and key players in development to showcase
artistic works that have contributed to the development of innovative
communication tools for advocacy and transforming communities. The festival aims
to include a wide range of talents by providing venues for the sharing and
learning of skills, techniques and building partnerships for collaboration. —