A series of Vietnamese traditional water puppet performance named “Le Maitre des marionnettes" (The Master of water puppetry) is going to show at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris from February 10th to 28th, 2012.
The program which is directed by Dominique Pitoiset, the director of Bordeaux National Theater, in cooperation with the Vietnamese national water puppetry theater introduces to French audiences traditional Vietnamese culture through several folk legends and stories about daily life of Vietnamese famers.
The distinctive Vietnamese water puppetry has been widely popular among tourists, children and adults alike. Two years ago, in the first visit to Vietnam, the French director Pitoiset had chance to watch a water puppet show and was attracted to this art instantly. He has spent a lot of time and effort to learn about this folk art, and put all his heart into the upcoming water puppet show in Paris.
Another Vietnamese cultural event hosted in Paris these days is Quan họ folk singing exhibition at the office of Vietnam Cultural in France, from January 18th to 30th, 2012. Taking place around Tet time, these programs are expected to present Vietnam’s cultural values to international friends and celebrate the lunar New Year.
More information about Vietnamese water puppet arts can be found on our page on Culture.