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Students’ art project preserves traditional water puppetry

A new art project preserving traditional Vietnamese water puppetry created by students in HCM City has been launched.  

The project, Teu A Teu Oi (Stories of Uncle Teu), is led by a group of students called Teu Team from the FPT Polytechnic College. They work with puppeteer Phan Thanh Liem, who has 20 years of experience in the art, to manage the project.

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Puppeteer Phan Thanh Liem is taking part in the project, which aims to preserve Vietnamese water puppetry. 

The project, which aims to introduce and expose young people to Vietnamese water puppetry, will offer online information, paintings, photos and videos featuring performances and artists of water puppetry.

Talks by experts about Vietnamese puppetry and its history and development during various periods will also be included.

“We hope Vietnamese at home and abroad, particularly young people, will learn about the country’s history, culture and lifestyle through traditional puppetry,” said Nguyen Ngoc Bao Quynh, head of the group Teu Team.

In Việt Nam, water puppetry has its origins in the 11th century in the Red River Delta of the North where the wet-rice civilisation took shape. It is performed on a stage in a pool of water.

The performance is often organised in traditional festivals and holidays attracting local villagers, especially children. Colourful puppets are made of wood and covered with red lacquer trimmed with gold, and controlled from the chamber next to the stage by strings and underwater nests.

In HCM City, only two private theatres Phuong Nam Theatre and Rong Vang Water Puppet Troupe offer water puppetry shows.

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In Việt Nam, water puppetry, with origins in the 11th century, is performed on a stage in a pool of water.

Rong Vang Puppet Troupe opened in 2015 and has worked with local and foreign tourist agencies in the city to introduce their art to visitors. They have also co-operated with many schools in the region to offer free shows for students.

The troupe has participated in many cultural exchanges and art festivals at home and abroad.

Its featured shows are based on traditional legends including Teu (Uncle Teu), Fishing on the River and Uncle Ba Phi. The performances combine the traditional genres of circus and puppetry as well as traditional music.

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Source: VNS

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