The Quintessence of Tonkin – A Spectacular Vietnamese Cultural Performance
29 Jan 2018
Vietnam makes its name abroad for not only the magnificent landscapes and tasty cuisine but also the unique culture. In recent years, many aspects of Vietnamese culture have been recognized as the UNESCO world intangible heritages such as Ca Tru singing, Nha Nhac – Vietnamese court music and the art of Don Ca Tai Tu music and song thanks to the effort of many people.
Vietnamese culture is different from regions and each part has its own art forms with unique characters. In order to bring the quintessence of our culture closer to the global audiences, many shows have been created depicting the life, the activities and the traditional art forms of the particular regions. For example, Lang Toi (My Village) show invites people to the peaceful and rustic villages of the Northern Vietnam with bamboo props and incredible acrobatic moves while A O shows illustrate the life of Southern people through contemporary dance and theatrical visual art or the Teh Dar show sketchs the unique charms of Vietnamese highlanders.
Although these shows are all famous and make great impression to the audiences all around the world, there is nothing like The Quintessence of Tonkin – a newly launched Vietnam’s must – see cultural spectacle in Hanoi. So, what makes this show special? and why people cannot keep falling in love with it? Let’s read on!
The Quintessence of Tonkin comprises 5 significant elements making it one of the best cultural shows in Vietnam: the show, the unique stories, the stunning setting, the incredible performers and the beautiful customes.
The Quintessence of Tonkin delivers a brilliant performance of light, sound and art which will bring the spectators from surprise to surprise. The show is a great way to explore the rich culture of the Red river provinces which is more than 1000 years old depicting myriad activities and important events. It also draws the inspiration from the spiritual story of the nearby Thay Pagoda telling a story about the venerable monk – Tu Dao Hanh and his brain child – the water puppet.
One more thing that makes this show a not - to - be missed outdoor cultural spectacle in Vietnam is the meticulous preparation in many years with more than 200 performers, interactive stage, modern technology and outstanding backdrop.
THE UNIQUE STORY
The spectators will have a chance to experience 6 typical aspects of the Tonkin culture: Poetry, Buddhism, Nostalgia, Music & Painting, Joy and Festivities.
Once setting foot in the area of the show, you will feel like being lost in the tranquil village of the Tonkin with the bamboo lines, the sound of the crickets, the busy farmers and the playful children. Then, you will be amazed by a fascinating feudal examination at the ancient capital with the magnificent beauty of the royal palace and the spectacular military parade. The Quintessence of Tonkin has so many captivating things to offer that will definitely take your breath away.
THE STUNNING SETTING
The Quintessence of Tonkin’s amphitheatre features more than 2,000 seats and a stunning setting of the surrounding natural landscape which the stage is actually built on a lake and the background is highlighted by the Thay mountain.
The state – of – the – art hydrothermal system makes the show more memorable and spectacular when raising the 15 tons of Thuy Dinh pagoda from under the water to the surface of the stage in just under a minute. And to make the Thay mountain visible from 1.5km away, 40 lamps of 1500 watts are used.
THE INCREDIBLE PERFORMERS
The performers are the real stars of The Quintessence of Tonkin who make it come alive and special. The producers want their guests to actually experience the culture of the Northern Vietnam than to normally see it. Therefore, they employ the non - professional artists who will go through a strict trainning program for a year before playing a part in this show.
They are the young and talented students from the Hanoi College of Dance who bring the energy to the stage and the others are the real people from the real life who know their daily life best. Together, they create an incredible night with a comprehensive look at the culture and history of the Northern Delta.
THE BEAUTIFUL COSTUMES
Last but not least, the costumes are also the important factor of the show. They are all made of traditional materials of silk and cotton which to bring the true and faithful culture show to the spectators. Furthermore, the costumes are made under the supervisor of a leading Vietnamese historian and many skilled artisans.
» THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
- Length of show: 1 hour (19:30 – 20:30)
- Location: Baraa Land Entertainment Complex, Da Phuc Village, Sai Son Commune, Quoc Oai District, Hanoi, Vietnam (35 - 40 minutes from Hanoi by bus)
- Transportation: Shuttle Bus
- Pick – up: 17:30 from Hanoi Towers – 49 Hai Ba Trung Street
- Drop – off: 20:45 from Baraa Land
- To get in, remember to exchange your ticket to e – card at ticket box office at the entrance.
- During the show, any audio/ video recording are strictly prohibited in the area of the amphitheater.
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