Young Hanoians to present show on ‘Cheo’ plays

NDO/ VNA - A series of traditional opera performances will be organised in Hanoi this September.

A Cheo performance illustrated by young artist Jeet Zdung (Photo:
A Cheo performance illustrated by young artist Jeet Zdung (Photo:

Titled Tieng Trong Cheo (Traditional Opera Drum Sounds), the cultural tour is an effort by young Hanoians to understand traditional art as part of the cultural media project Toi Xe Dich (I Move), with the cooperation of the Vietnam Cheo Theatre.

The night shows will present famous extracts from classic cheo plays, such as Quan Am Thi Kinh at Thap communal house yard in Cau Giay district on September 5, Luu Binh – Duong Le at Kim Lien communal house yard in Dong Da district on September 12, and Kim Nham at Xuan Dinh communal house yard in Tu Liem district on September 19.

A representative of the board of organisers said the tour preserves the stage, instruments and costumes of the "old" Cheo that give the audience a true experience of the art form.

Besides enjoying performances by actors from the Vietnam Cheo Theatre, the audience will also gain basic knowledge about typical cheo characters and its cultural space, as illustrated by young artist Jeet Zdung.

The audience will also get a chance to enact their favourite characters during each night show of Tieng Trong Cheo.

The programme is not for profit and is being supported by community funds from the participants.

Cheo is a traditional form of art that used to be performed on small stages in communal house yards. Performing cheo plays on its original stage, which is an open space and not inside theatres, will help bridge the distance between the actors and the audience.

Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, who launched the Toi Xe Dich Project, said the programme is aimed to help preserve ancient cheo as well as connect the culture among different generations of Vietnamese.

Toi Xe Dich is a social media project about culture and tourism for the youth, established in June 2012. The project is expected to encourage the youth to travel more, live more meaningfully and understand traditional values better.