The Thang Long Water Puppet Theater offers entertaining yet insightful perspectives into the cultural richness of Vietnam. Thang Long Water Puppetry originated over thousands of years ago along the Red River Delta. Water puppetry, also known as “Mua roi nuoc” to the Northern Vietnamese, was performed on the rice fields and surfaces of ponds along the River Delta. Farmers first introduced this art form out of boredom when the rice fields were flooded. It was used to entertain themselves and their children during their idle time.
Not long after, the theater was established to celebrate the end of rice harvests, to characterize religious festivals and to entertain the royal court. Water puppetry then started to depict scenes from the everyday life of villagers from farming, fishing and even romance. In recent times, most plays have started to portray ancient and historical ages, legends, myths and fables. The theater has also instilled a cultural exchange around the globe as various art festivals have helped the Vietnamese water puppets reach more countries worldwide. It has then won a number of audiences in various countries such as Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Switzerland and Australia. [Read more…]