Vitality of traditional art

Update: 20:00 | 30/09/2019

(BGO) – After two weeks (September 14 - 28) with 26 special plays on stage, the 2019 National “Cheo” (traditional opera) Festival in Bac Giang province ended with deep impression, attraction and strong widespread to the artists across the nation and local audiences.

Audiences and artists share the love for traditional art

The Arts Council assessed that 26 plays had different topics and characteristics but all of them mentioned about the contents relating to the actual situation with current breath of life.

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Organization Board and representatives present gold medals to excellent artists.

Thanks to the due attention to content, appearance and performing manner, 26 plays became special artworks to entertain the audiences with full emotion of happyness, sadness, laughter and tear.

These factors and hi-quality performances created a deep traditional cultural space drawing numerous audiences from the northern province of Bac Giang.

According to Meritorious Artist Nguyen Quang Thap, Director of Ninh Binh Cheo Theater shared that though he has taken the artists to many big festivals and stages, it is an amazing experience to perform in Bac Giang province.

Completing the Festival, the Organization Board presents 41 gold and 61 silver medals to the actors, actresses and artists. 5 plays were awarded with gold medals while 6 others received silvers. Bac Giang provincial Cheo Theater was bestowed gold medals for the play Nguoi con gai Kinh Bac (The Kinh Bac girl), Meritorious Artist Quynh Mai (Kieu Loan character in Goi do play) and artist Mai Lan (Mien character in Nguoi con gai Kinh Bac).

The audiences were not only crowded but also clearly indicated the cultural “style” when they enjoyed each play and scenes by a rare passion as if they immersed themselves in the artwork to feel happy and sorrow together with the characters.

The audiences’ passion and emotion truly moved the artists and inspired them to perform wholeheartedly.

The 800 seat auditorium in the provincial Conventional Center were always full during 26 performances. Many people went to the lobby and waited hours before the the opening time. Even some audiences in the districts arrived much earlier and had meals during waiting time.

Many people consider that only older person likes watching cheo but actually several youth followed the play with full excitement.

New wind to cheo art

Director of Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism cum Head of Organization Board for the Festival Tran Minh Ha evaluated that the Festival created widespread in spiritual culture life of the local residents. It will be a key factor and driving force to preserve and develop the traditional artform in general and cheo in particular in Bac Giang province.

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Numerous audiences in Bac Giang province enjoy the play at the provincial Conventional Center.

Recently, the province has regularly paid attention to preserving this kind of artform via several programmes and projects such as the Stage at School programme or project to support the recovery and improvement of the art quality to cheo clubs launched by Cheo Theater so as to boost up the folk singing movement in the localities.

Besides, the provincial Cheo Theater and Center of Culture and Cinema regularly organize the teaching courses and cheo performances to nurture the grass root talents.

As an artists attaching to cheo art for long time, People’s Artist Quoc Anh in charge of Director of Hanoi Cheo Theater shared: “Looking at the number of audiences deeply enjoying each play at the Festival, we know how much Bac Giang people love cheo. It is the driving force for the province to create the widespread to cheo singing movement and develop professional cheo”. 

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