Water Puppetry – A Unique Type of Vietnam’s Performing Art
Water puppetry has come into existence for about 10 centuries in the Red River Delta. This performing art, often performed in festivals, Tet Holiday, has been considered as an intangible cultural heritage of Vietnam.
1. Water puppetry – A modest picture of farmers’ life in Vietnam
Among Vietnam’s cultural treasures, water puppetry is one of the most special and interesting. Water surface is used as the stage, water puppets play the role of character. Music and lighting system also make good contribution to attractive and mysterious water puppet performances. Each traditional troupe has their own strength and characteristics. However, in general, the content of each performance stems from ancient legends, fairy tales & daily activities of Vietnamese farmers in the past.
2. Longlink Theatre – an ideal place to enjoy water puppet shows
Longlink Theatre presented itself for the first time in January 2017. This is an interesting destination to enjoy water puppet shows and take part in different activities including Learning how to control water puppets, Discovering manipulation room’s secrets, Painting water puppets, etc.
Puppeteers of traditional troupes are not professionals but farmers who inherit water puppet techniques from their forefathers. They have a modest farmer life in their own village but when coming up the stage, they become artists who have a great passion for water puppetry.