Hoi An water puppet show

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(QNO) - Water puppet show, a new tourism product in Hoi An city, helps visitors learn more about Vietnam’s and Quang Nam’s cultural features.

Puppeteers in Hoi An
Puppeteers in Hoi An
 

Water puppetry is a kind of folk arts originating in the Red River Delta in the north of Vietnam, dating back in the 11th century. Puppets are made of wood and then lacquered to be watertight and endurable. During performances, puppets are controlled by puppeteers standing in waist-deep water behind the stage via a pole-and-string apparatus hidden under the water surface.

Hoi An water puppet show includes various repertoires which are well arranged, performed by professional and experienced artists under a thorough preparation of content, water pavilion, puppets, light and audio system,… It brings audiences into an artistic space imbued with Vietnamese and Quang Nam culture.

A Hoi An water puppet show. Photo: Alamy
A Hoi An water puppet show. Photo: Alamy
 

Besides familiar performances of Vietnamese water puppet art such as swimming, fishing, boat racing, dancing, children swimming, Hoi An water puppet shows describe typical local cultural features such as Aspara dance and daily life. Audiences have opportunities to enjoy a kind of art with the appearance of soil, water, trees, clouds, wind, fire, smoke, communal house. It is a unique harmony of art, nature and people. Hoi An water puppet show attracts locals, domestic and foreign visitors.