Water show features traditional culture of Binh Thuan

The history, traditional culture and lifestyle of Binh Thuan Province are highlighted in a water show staged by young artists from the Fishermen Show Theatre in Phan Thiet City.

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Water show features traditional culture of Binh Thuan
More than 30 dancers perform a wide variety of ethnic Chăm ritual and cultural activities in the water show Huyền Thoại Làng Chài (The Legend of the Fishing Village). Photo courtesy of the theatre

The show, Huyền Thoại Làng Chài (The Legend of the Fishing Village), features more than 30 dancers, mostly graduates from the HCM City Dance School.

Dressed in traditional Chăm clothes, the singers and dancers perform a wide variety of ethnic Chăm ritual, religious and cultural activities.

The show features the Katê Festival, one of the 15 largest festivals in Vietnam, which is celebrated annually for three days in the seventh lunar month by the Chăm. It gives thanks for the year's harvests.

The Katê Festival is an opportunity for villagers to show their gratitude to kings, mandarins and ancestors.

“We hope that Vietnamese and foreign audiences can learn about our traditional arts and discover Binh Thuan’s culture, and the daily life of the local people,” said Tran Ngoc Dung, founder of the Fishermen Show Theatre.

Dung, a graduate of the HCM City University of Economy and the University of Paris 1- Sorbonne, began his career in Phan Thiet, his homeland, in 2015.

He and his partners paid for and built the Fishermen Show Theatre on a 1.3 hectare plot of land in Phan Thiet’s Phu Hai District.

He invited choreographer Tran Ly Ly of HCM City, who studied in France and Australia, to train the theatre’s dancers and choreograph the dances.

“Binh Thuan attracts 5 million visitors per year who mostly enjoy the beautiful beaches and landscapes,” Dung told local media after his theatre’s first show in 2017.

“We have a very rich culture and traditional arts from many ethnic minority groups, but not many visitors know about that," he said. “We've worked hard to make a water show with dance, sounds and lights. We hope visitors can learn about and love our culture."

 
Water show features traditional culture of Binh Thuan
The coastal central province of Binh Thuan’s history, traditional culture and lifestyle is highlighted in the water show, Huyền Thoại Làng Chài (The Legend of Fishing Village) staged by young artists from the Fishermen Show Theatre in Phan Thiet City. Photo courtesy of the producer

The Fishermen Show Theatre has 1,200 seats and offers five Huyền Thoại Làng Chài shows every week. Each show attracts around 500 viewers.

The 60-minute show features traditional dances created by local villagers several hundred years ago.

The show’s performances also feature the Nginh Ông Festival, which gives gratitude to the whale and prays for good weather and bumper catches.

"Huyền Thoại Làng Chài is an extravagant show. I was happy to see foreigners learn about Việt Nam’s history and culture through the traditional dances,” Phan Hoang Thu Anh, a ninth-grade student from the Viet Nam-Australia International School in HCM City, said.

Anh and her friends first watched the show during their three-day school trip in Phan Thiet last year.

This summer, Anh asked her parents to take her to the show again.

“Our family had a wonderful night,” said Anh, adding that her parents told her that Huyền Thoại Làng Chài was similar to the famous Siam Niramit show in Bangkok.

“I hope more shows like Huyền Thoại Làng Chài will be staged in tourist cities such as Hanoi, HCM City and Da Nang. I believe offering quality traditional art shows is one of the ways to attract foreign visitors,” she said.

Huyền Thoại Làng Chài is staged at 8pm from Wednesday to Sunday at 360 Nguyen Thong Street, Phu Hai District in Phan Thiet City.

Tickets from VND200,000 (US$8) to 500,000 ($16) are available at the theatre’s box office, on Facebook and on websites offering tourist services. VNS

Thu Anh

 
 
 
 
 
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