When visiting Hanoi, tourists cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy water puppet show, a unique folk art form in Vietnam.
In the treasure of Vietnamese folk art, water puppetry is one of the most unique types. With the stage being the water surface, the actors are puppets, plus the effect of light and fireworks creates fascinating and fanciful performances. Water puppet art is a unique form of folk art in the Red River Delta of Vietnam in association with wet rice civilization. Through stories, stories, etc., which have been ingeniously performed by water puppet artists, viewers will feel the nuance of the village festival, sending idyllic dreams for life.
Puppet water has different characteristics from the common puppet, people use the water surface as a stage (also known as a puppet house or water house) erected in the middle of ponds and lakes with a balanced architecture representing the roof In the countryside of Vietnam, the back has a backdrop, surrounded by flags, fans, elephants, parasols, gates, etc. The puppets are made of wood, performed by the control of the people behind the background via the rod and string system and is complemented by drums and flutes.
A water puppet show usually takes place in an hour, the most famous water puppet theater in Vietnam is the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, located on Dinh Tien Hoang Street, beside the ancient Hoan Kiem Lake, in the heart of Hanoi.
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