Art performance

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Vietnam water puppetry

Water puppetry is a traditional Vietnamese performance art using colorfully painted and costumed wooden puppets. They most closely resemble marionettes, with jointed arms, legs and heads. Puppetries are controlled by a puppeteer by way of long poles that are hidden under water. The stage is a small pool, with a scenic backdrop, hiding the puppeteers. Performances are based on traditional folklore or historical events. Music and audio, either recorded or live, accompany the performances.

Quan Ho

Quan Ho was born about the 13th century in the Bac Ninh province and was always heard during spring festivals, especially of the Buddhists. Bac Ninh is the province where numerous pagodas were built, therefore, big Buddhist offering ceremonies were celebrated each year in spring. Boys and girls came to adore Buddha and after that, gathered together inside or in front of the pagoda or in the field to sing "Quan Ho”.

Chau Van

The Vietnamese are very religious but not fanatical. Compared to other categories, cult music was not widely developed. The most significant cult song type is Hát Chầu Văn. This is a kind of incantation music (although it was classified as ritual music), but its purpose was to hypnotize the person who was estranged from the spirits through musical airs, rhythms and lyrics.

Lullabies (Hát Ru)

Lullabies is a sort of folk music often heard in Vietnam, especially in the countryside. Ru, certainly, are songs to lull babies, but vietnamese women use them to consign their fates and also to express human feelings such as homesickness, wife missing her husband, etc. As the function of a lullaby song is to make the child slowly fall into sleep, the song is quiet, the tones stretched and melodious.

Traditional martial arts

Vietnamese martial arts have also assimilated elements of traditional Asian medicine. Confucianism and other Asian philosophies, as well as systems of ethics, military arts, and aesthetics. The practice of martial arts expresses the concept of a perfect whole embodied in yin and yang and also the notion of the five basic elements that make up the universe.

Traditional Folk Theatre (Hát Chèo)

The Hát Chèo is a satirical musical theatre, a kind of popular opera with an entirely oral tradition.

Hat Xoan (Xoan Singing)

Hat Xoan is a festive and custom folk-song performed in festivals and worshiping genie.

Hat Gheo (Loving Singing)

Hat Gheo is a kind of loving singing performed by boys and girls in the spring, autumn, festive season and nights with bright moonlights.

Two-stringed musical instrument (Dan Tinh)

Two-stringed musical instrument (Dan Tinh) is the special folk musical instrument of Tay ethnic people.

Then singing (Hát Then)

Then singing in Cao Bang is widely popular with plentiful different appearance in all aspects in every region, district.