The Vietnamese company merges classic and contemporary elements in a performance that overlaps Vietnam’s many transitions in recent decades, juxtaposing countryside traditions and the frantic daily routine of the cities.
This apparent opposition is actually an organic composition of symbols of a country that is renewing itself and the structures of its society. The performers use bamboo baskets and sticks to represent rice fields and fishing boats as well as the foundation of skyscrapers in major cities.
“The message is not completely revealed in the script, but the fact is that we have turned a page in Vietnam. Seemingly quiet things suddenly become noisy, hectic”, describes director Tuan Le. ““The message is not completely revealed in the script, but the fact is that we have turned a page in Vietnam. Seemingly quiet things suddenly become noisy, hectic”, describes director Tuan Le. ““Many moments of A O Lang Pho show the country exactly as it is today, while in other moments it appears idealized, like in a dream.”
The music performed live at the show also reflects the transition. Classic instruments are used in traditional songs – all original and sometimes improvised – and then to recreate the hip- hop beats of modern Vietnam. “The idea was always use the same objects and instruments to create one image that breaks down and becomes something completely new”, says Le. “The transitions can be made with the same elements, reimaged in different ways”.
Conceived and created by: Tuan Le, Nguyen Lan Maurice, Nguyen Nhat Ly, Nguyen Tan Loc
Direction: Tuan Le, Nguyen Nhat Ly (musical), Nguyen Lan Maurice (artistic), Nguyen Duy Chan (technician)
Cast: Bui Quoc Huy, Dinh Van Tuan, Dang Tram Anh, Do Manh Hung, Le Ly Xa, Nguyen Khanh Linh, Nguyen Nhat Quang, Nguyen Thi Lien, Nguyen Ton Doan Khanh, Nguyen Van Thanh, Pham Van Son, Quach The Nam, Tran Ban Tin, Tran Duc An, Truong Chinh Phu
Choreographer: Nguyen Tan Loc
Musicians: Do Trong Thai, Luong Thang Long, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Nguyen Truong Tho, Thanh Hai
Lightning technician: Trinh The Nguyen
Sound technician: Mai Hoai Nam
Stage technicians: Tran Thien Hieu, Trinh Huy Production Lune Production