Dem Hoa Le (Wonderful Night), a cultural programme that offers cai luong (reformed opera) and hat boi (classical drama) shows, will be staged every week at Cho Lon Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 5, known as Chinatown.
|The first show of Dem Hoa Le will feature two excerpts from the play San Hau (The Reign) in tuong, a Vietnamese traditional theatrical form originating in the 12th century. |
The event was organised by Si Hoang, one of the country’s first pioneers in fashion design, especially for ao dai (Vietnamese traditional long dress), and his partners.
The first show will feature two excerpts from the play San Hau (The Reign) in tuong, a Vietnamese traditional theatrical form originating in the 12th century.
San Hau, which consists of singing and dancing with music, is highly stylised and filled with the art of symbolism.
The show also included five songs and dances of cai luong and hat boi, which highlight the culture and lifestyle of Saigon in the 1950s and 60s.
More than 50 young and veteran performers, dancers and musicians, including People’s Artist and cai luong star Bach Tuyet, were featured.
The artists performed in a collection of traditional clothes, including áo dài, made by designer Hoang.
“We have received support from traditional artists, cultural researchers and local authorities to stage Dem Hoa Le. We hope the programme will become a popular event for theatre lovers and visitors who love Vietnamese culture,” said Hoang, who is trying to preserve traditional theatre.
Earning his reputation by putting a new twist on the ao dai over two decades ago, Hoang is also a businessman. The talented designer said he was "still working to preserve Vietnamese culture."
Graduating from Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts College, Hoang has worked hard to develop his career. He decorated his first áo dài in 1989 when the country’s first beauty contest Miss Ao Dai was held in Ho Chi Minh City.
He painted flowers on áo dài worn by the competition’s winners. His designs impressed judges and audiences and the trend of painting on áo dài was born.
Hoang has been involved in running a cultural park on 16,000 square metres of land in District 9 and the Ao Dai Museum in District 1.
The programme Dem Hoa Le offers two shows on Saturday and Sunday night at 7pm at Cho Lon Theatre, 190 Hong Bang street, District 5. Tickers are available at the theatre’s box office.