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From flirt to feminist: a chèo opera revitalised

HÀ NỘI  For centuries, the role of Thị Mầu in Viet Nam’s most famous cheo opera Quan Âm Thị Kính (Goddess of Mercy) has been as a flirtatious woman.

However, audiences of the traditional art will soon have the chance to see her dynamic, good-natured side through a new cải lương (reformed opera) play expected to debut in the near future.

From flirt to feminist: a chèo opera revitalised
The 3D stage design of the upcoming cải lương play 'Truan Chuyen Dải Yếm Đao' (A Changeable Life). – Photo courtesy of the Hoa Mai Cải Lương Troupe 

The play also features other popular cải lương artists, including Quang Thanh, Thanh Van, Minh Vương, and Văn Tuc.

“Although our artists started rehearsing the play at the start of May, with the current lockdown in the city all of us have to stay home. We cannot gather for rehearsal now,” said director Mai.

The Hoa Mai Cải Lương Troupe expects to debut the play after coronavirus restrictions have been eased and theatres allowed to reopen. – VNS


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