100 years of caûi löông celebrated in HCMC “
HCM CITY — A three- hour gala featuring caûi löông ( reformed opera) will be held on Nguyeãn Hueä Pedestrian Street in HCM City tomorrow.
The event, which is part of a month-long programme on traditional arts, celebrates 100 years of caûi löông, according to the city’s Department of Culture and Sports.
It will feature 400 young and veteran performers, musicians and dancers, many of them working for leading State-owned traditional art troupes in the city and southern provinces.
Caûi löông stars of different generations, including People’s Artist Leâ Thuûy, Minh Vöông, Thanh Ñieàn and Thanh Kim Hueä, have contributed to the art’s development.
The artists will perform famous excerpts from historical plays from the 1970s and 80s that are still popular today.
The excerpts will feature stories about the art’s establishment and development.
The event’s highlighted performances will be staged by young artists from eight private caûi löông and drama troupes in the city.
Excerpts from Thaùi Haäu Döông Vaân Nga (Queen Mother
Our artists have worked several hours a day in rehearsals. We hope to offer a classic performance style with technology used in dozens of years ago.”
MERITORIOUS ARTIST HOA HAÏ
Döông Vaân Nga), Chieán Binh ( The Soldier) and Raïng Ngoïc Coân Sôn (Pearl in Coân Sôn) will feature patriotic themes.
Raïng Ngoïc Coân Sôn premiered at the National Caûi Löông Festival in Long An Province late last year.
The play revolves around the unjust death of national hero Nguyeãn Traõi, one of Vieät Nam’s greatest politicians and poets.
Meritorious Artist Kim Töû Long, director of Kim Töû Long Entertainment and Service Company, one of the city’s private drama troupes, invested VNÑ800 million (US$34,490) in production.
Long played a leading role in the play and won a Golden Prize for Best Actor at the festival.
“Through our gala, residents and visitors will learn more about the establishment, development and achievements of caûi löông,” said Meritorious Artist Hoa Haï, the event’s producer and art director.
“Our artists have worked several hours a day in rehearsals. We hope to offer a classic performance style with technology used in caûi löông dozens of years ago,” she said.
The gala will start at 7.30pm tomorrow and next Monday. The Sunday show will be broadcast live on Hoà Chí Minh Television’s channel HTV9. — VNS
Marking a century: More than 400 artists, musicians and dancers will perform in a four-hour gala featuring (reformed opera) on Nguyeãn Hueä Pedestrian Street in HCM City tomorrow. — Photo courtesy of the producer