Caucasian Chalk Circle, a play by German modernist playwright Bertold Brecht, will be staged at the Vieät Nam Youth Theatre.
HAØ NOÄI Standing in the middle of a Caucasian chalk circle, two women claim a boy to be their own offspring and are firmly gripping each of the boys hands as a judge looks on .
Actors of the Vieät Nam Youth Theatre performed this excerpt from Caucasian Chalk
Circle, the renowned work of the late German modernist playwright Bertolt Brecht (18981956), at a recent press conference on the cultural co-operation project between the theatre and Goethe Institute in the capital city.
Caucasian Chalk Circle will be performed for the first time at the Vieät Nam Youth Theatre under this project. The excerpt at the press conference features a trial over the right to keep the child, and the ending was not shown.
The play narrates the story of a servant who sacrifices her love for a soldier to rescue a baby boy, and in the process, she becomes a better mother to the boy than his real parents, who are wealthy.
Tröông Nhuaän, the theatre director, nurtured the project after taking part in a festival in Germany last year. He told Goethe Institute of his desire to stage a German play in Vieät Nam for Vietnamese audiences.
Goethe Institute approved the proposal, and Caucasian
Chalk Circle was chosen to introduce a new artistic style for Vietnamese theatre lovers.
In the past, Russian theatre director Sergeievich Stanislavskys reality plays influenced Vietnamese theatre, and Brecht s abstract work was placed on the back burner.
It is a chance for our regular young audiences to experience a masterpiece which criticises selfishness and teaches confidence, said Nhuaän.
Staging these works will also be a good chance for our
actors to get closer to the world contemporary stage.
Freelance German director Dominik Gunther was invited to Vieät Nam to work with the Vieät Nam Youth Theatre. He first came to Haø Noäi in March to cast roles for the play and spent a month on his second trip back to Vieät Nam to set up the stage work.
This is the first time Gunther has set up Caucasian Chalk
The director, who is following the principle of setting up a stage for a specific play only once, said he had been pouring all of his creativity into the production of this play for Haø Noäi audiences.
As a freelancer in Germany since 2005, Gunther has directed a number of theatre projects with young people. This is one of the reasons that brought him to the Vieät Nam Youth Theatre.
The artists here are professional and they are very open to working with me. At the beginning, the language barrier made this a bit difficult, but this is not important because we can use body language on the stage, said Gunther.
The director has only praises for his set designer, Doaõn Baèng, who used a modern-style stage design, including props which suddenly appear on the stage during the performance without any apparent movement.
All different sectors behind the stage are very important. Baèng and I work effectively. Im happytoworkwithhim, Gunther quipped.
In the production for Haø Noäi audiences, the director cut off the part on the origin of World War II because it was no longer suitable.
I think Vietnamese are no longer interested in war. In the bloodiest of times, people reveal their animal instincts, Gunther noted.
After watching the play last Wednesday, veteran stage director and Peoples Artist Phaïm Thò Thaønh said she was completely charmed by the performance.
The play is quite physical and intellectual, in keeping with Bertolt Brechts style. It does not address the audience directly, but it makes them think a lot. Costumes and props are abstract but quite realistic, Thaønh noted.
I like the play very much. The director brings the characters closer to contemporary life. The charactersarediversified, making the play vivid, she added.
Under the project, the play was shown thrice for free on September, then it will be included in the Vieät Nam Youth Theatres repertoire and be staged on every last Sunday of the month.
Right from the beginning, we believed in the success of this kind of co-operation because it is supported by Nhuaän and all theatre members. The artists have been quite enthusiastic and have expressed their full creativity, said Almuth Meyer Zollitsch, the institutes director.
Co-operation with the Goethe Institute is suitable to the theatres development plan to set up stage masterpieces. In recent years, the plays that were producedincludedHenrikIbsens
A Dolls House and Athur Milers All My Sons.
We acknowledge that setting up stage masterpieces is a way to make the Vietnamese contemporary stage popular in the world, said Nhuaän. HCM CITY The New World Saøi Goøn Hotel will marks its 20 anniversary on October 8 with a gala dinner of giving back to the community, raising funds for the Christina Noble Childrens Foundation.
The event will begin with cocktails and champagne, canapeùs and gourmet hors doeuvres before the five-course dinner prepared by three of the New Worlds top executive chefs, Richard Hilton from New World Beijing Hotel, Ivan Chieregatti from New World Makati Hotel and Saju Rajappan from New World Saøi Goøn Hotel.
The dinner will also feature entertainment including magic, live acoustic music, and a DJ. A live auction will be held to raise money for the charity.
Tickets are VNÑ4.2 million (US$ 200) per person, including a gift voucher for a one-night stay at the Residence Club Deluxe Room, with breakfast for two.
All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Christina Noble Childrens Foundation, in support of the citys underprivileged and disabled children. VNS
Modern drama: Caucasian Chalk Circle is being staged at the Vieät Nam Youth Theatre for the first time.
Photo courtesy of Goethe Institute