THE WATER PUPPET IN VIETNAM
Water puppetry is remarkable creation from rice culture by the Vietnamese. Although puppetry is formed in many countries around the world, Vietnam is the only country with water puppet. Experiencing the ups and downs of history, Vietnamese people still preserve and develop water puppetry, which becomes an innovative and special art.
Vietnamese water puppet art has exxisted more than 1000 years. Water puppetry was first performed in 1121 to celebrate the King’s birth under the reign of Ly dynasty., Iit has quickly developed into a form of indispensable art in the daily life of Vietnamese people. Water puppet performances daily lives of Vietnamese farmers such as harvesting, planting, fishing, tending buffalo,…Moreover, the audience have chances to review not only the historical legends ( Le Loi, one of the most famous kings in Vietnam, returned the sword in Hoan Kiem Lake ), Vietnam fairytales but also the competitions in our life, such as sailing, racing dragon, swimming contest,… Today, the artists can combine the light and sound effects to attract more spectators and renew their stories.
Water puppet art has different characteristics with conventional puppetry: the water is used as the stage, the background is decorated with flags, paper fans, and votive objects. Through the system of font, tangled wires, which connect between puppets (made of wood) and artists, the artisans can control the puppets on the water to perform various repertoires. Normally, in water puppet performances, the sounds of musical instruments such as drums, flutes are extremely important.
In Hanoi, travelers have the opportunity to see water puppet show at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. The theater is a familiar address for both domestic tourists and foreign ones, who want to enjoy water puppet shows and discovery the beauty of this unique Vietnam traditional art. Definitely, enjoying a cup of tea or coffee in lounge in front of the Thang Long Theatre, having a nice view to see the beauty of Hoan Kiem Lake and watching a water puppet show is are the most wonderful moments that you have ever experienced in your life.