Draw Curtains of Manipulation Room to Discover Water Puppetry
The manipulation room is a place full of secrets. In this place, puppeteers stand behind curtains and perform unique water puppet techniques to bring surprise for audience.
1. “STAGE” OF PUPPETEERS
The manipulation room is he 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 (6mx6m) in area, with foundation sunk into the bottom of the pond or lake. The height from water surface to the top of the roof is about 6 metres.
2. THE MANIPULATION ROOM – FULL OF SECRETS
Buồng trò chính là câu trả lời cho những ẩn số liên quan đến điều kì diệu của nghệ thuật điều khiển quân rối bởi những máy điều khiển quân rối đều nằm tại gian phòng này. This is the place where answers for water puppet techniques are hidden.
There are two main kinds of water puppet mechanism: pole and string mechanism. The pole mechanism has a pole made of bamboo or wood and metal which is 1.5 – 2m long and big enough for people to hold. One end of the pole is attached to the base and can be separated when the puppet is not used. Performances using the pole mechanism include Productive labours, Buffalo fighting, Four sacred animal dancing, etc.
The string mechanism is a system of strings used to manipulate puppets. Under the water, ropes are stretched between submerged stakes. There is also a tool called xổng so that puppets can move easily across square corners. Puppets are attached to the string, puppeteers behind bamboo shades pull one string and release the other like a pulley to move the puppet.
3. DISCOVER THE MANIPULATION ROOM OF LONGLINK WATER PUPPET
The manipulation room of Longlink Water Puppet inside the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology was rebuilt in 2015 by a group of puppeteers in Chang Son, Sai Son (Hanoi) based on the consultancy of other puppet troupes such as Binh Phu, Chang Son (Hanoi), Hong Phong, Thanh Hai (Hai Duong), Nghia Hung (Nam Dinh), Nguyen Xa (Thai Binh). The new water stage officially started to serve tourists in the late 2015.
This is an traditional architectural construction that imitates the architecture of the water stage in Thay Pagoda – the oldest remaining water stage in Vietnam. Especially, the area of orchestra was built on the water with eaves and beautiful patterns making the total architecture of the water stage harmonious.