50 artists stage to celebrate 100 years of cai luong

Update: 07:12 | 01/05/2018

As many as 50 talented artists of the Vietnam Cai Luong Theatre of Hanoi and Tran Huu Trang Theatre of HCM City staged a play in the Mekong Delta province of Long An to celebrate 100 years of cailuong (reformed opera).

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A scene from the Teacher Ba Doi play.

The 150-minute play, Thay Ba Doi (Teacher Ba Doi), portrays the career of famous musician Nguyen Quang Dai, a guru of cailuong who helped develop taitu music, a genre of traditional music, and cailuong in the South.

It focuses on the career of the musician in 1885, when he moved from his birthplace, the central city of Hue, to Saigon (HCM City now) to teach taitu music.

It aimed to honor the contributions of Dai in promoting Hue royal music and cailuong.

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Van Phuoc Communal House relic site.

The play combined both traditional and modern performance styles. The producers at the two theatres spent a lot for the production, including costumes, sound and light effects, according to Meritorious Artist Nguyen Trung Kien, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Cai Luong Theatre, one of the play’s four directors.

On the occasion, businesses donated VND1.8 billion to upgrade Van Phuoc Communal House relic site in My Le commune, Can Duoc district, where the tablet with musician Nguyen Quang Dai’s name is placed.

Source: NDO/VNA

 
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