water puppet show

Definition

Theater

  • A form of puppet theater in Vietnam; it is said to have been performed for 1000 years. Several troupes stillexist. The plays are performed on pavilions built on landing stagesin lakes. The puppeteers stand up to their waists in water behindreed screens, and move the brightly coloured puppets over the surfaceof the lake with underwater rods.

    The chief character is the smiling Teu, who often wears ared loincloth. The plays also feature an array of animals includingthe unicorn, phoenix, dragon, and tortoise, together with fish, ducks,and other creatures swimming, flying, dancing, and fighting on andbelow the water. The performance is accompanied by music providedby an orchestra of flutes, drums, and gongs.

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