Saturday, June 18, 2011

Water,water everywhere and only for performing in!

On our last night in Ha Noi we visited the Thang Long water Puppet Theatre

No backtracks! Live band and singers!

These two women supplied all the voices(male and female) as well as singing...

Dragons feature extensively in Vietnamese culture.

This form of puppetry was started by farmers in the rice fields to keep themselves and their families entertained.

Fire and water...a good mix!

Dancing hats
Which are joined by puppets in boats...

This particular puppet climbed a coconut tree and dropped coconuts for the puppets below to play with.
the coconut dance...
The puppeteers reveal themselves...they work almost waist deep in water that is not heated!

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