Discovering Secrets of Manipulation Room at Longlink Water Puppet Theatre
Besides learning how to control water puppets and observing puppet- making process, discovering secrets of the manipulation room is one out of three most interesting activities that tourists can join.
Longlink Water Puppet Theatre – an “old village” in Hanoi capital
Longlink Water Puppet Theatre is located in the outdoor gallery of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, which is on Nguyen Van Huyen St, Cau Giay Dist, Hanoi. This is a special place where we can catch sight of many symbols of Vietnamese old villages, namely the rice field, thatched roof, bamboo tables & chairs, etc.
Discovering secrets of the manipulation room
This is the most remarkable part of the structure of a water puppet theatre, and is the place from which the puppeteers control the characters. The manipulation room is about 36 square metres (6m x 6m) in area, with foundations sunk into the bottom of the pond or lake. The height from water surface to the top of the roof is about 6 metres.
When performing water puppet shows, puppeteers stand under the water, behind the bamboo shades of the manipulation room to control water puppets. That is to say, everything about the “magic” of water puppetry is kept hidden inside the manipulation room.
At Longlink Water Puppet Theatre, tourists can explore a place full of mysterious secrets about one of the most special traditional performing art of Vietnam.