Folk show for foreigner

July 11, 2006

10:06′ 10/07/2006 (GMT+7)

Foreigners visiting Vietnam often like to see at least a few cultural shows. In HCMC, they can now get to know Vietnamese traditional music and dance in the Huong Viet folk show.

Artists in ao dai (Vietnamese traditional dress) performed a folk dance at the Young World Theater last Wednesday.

The one-hour show comprises eight music and dance pieces, including southern folk songs, folk dances from the center and performances of a lithophone-adaptation of the Central Highlands, monochord and flute.

The show premiered at the Young World Theater on Wednesday. It undoubtedly introduces a part of traditional Vietnamese culture and is performed by professional artists.

However, some spectators who saw the program said Huong Viet was not a perfect show, and it seemed like unconnected folk songs and dances had just been strung together.

Pham Cao Nguyen, marketing manager of organizer Vietnam National Culture Tourism Joint Stock Co., said his company was working on improving the show.

While few people come to the show now, the company expects more foreigners to visit the theater to watch Huong Viet from September when the high season for foreign tourism begins.

Huong Viet‘s put on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Young World Theater at 125 Cong Quynh Street in District 1. A ticket costs US$5.

In additional news, the HCMC Service of Tourism will also organize a show to introduce cai luong (southern opera) to foreign tourists in Hung Dao Theater on 30 Tran Hung Dao Street near the back-packers’ quarter tonight.

(Source: SGT)

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