Music in Traditional Water Puppetry
Music plays an important role in the attractiveness of water puppetry. Thank to music, puppets manipulated by puppeteers in the backstage become livelier and more flexible, which brings audience a real feeling about water puppetry.
- POPULAR INSTRUMENTS IN WATER PUPPETRY
In the past, when music rhythms had not existed, percussions were main music instruments in water puppetry. Water puppetry needs strong music to arouse the atmosphere of outside shows or animating festivals. Water surface helps drumming resound further, which creates strong effects on hearing of both artists and audience.
Percussion instruments include large drum, small drum, rice drum, gongs, horn, wooden and bamboo bell, etc. The audience of water puppet show does not only watch cute puppets moving flexibly on the water but also enjoy animating atmosphere created by percussion instruments. Only by music can puppeteers show the entire beauty of water puppets.
2. TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTS MAKE WATER PUPPETRY MORE ATTRACTIVE
Music plays an important part in expressing emotions of puppets that dialogues can not show all. Thank to music, water puppets controlled by puppeteers in the backstage become more and more vivid and flexible so that performances become more attracting. Besides, music is also responsible for assuring the cohesion among performances, thank to which, the audience can understand the whole story conveyed by the show. In general, music creates comfortable feelings for the audience from the beginning to the end of the show.
3. STAGE LANGUAGE OF WATER PUPPETRY
Music plays the second most important role, after water puppet techniques, in making the value of this unique traditional performing art. Language, cheo and quan ho music style are applied effectively in water puppetry. Languages of puppets are not simple dialogues but they are rhymed words that are often used in traditional performing arts. By applying cheo, chau van and quan ho, artists have brought a new appearance to water puppetry to meet the demand of enjoying traditional performing arts of the audience.