Thursday, October 25, 2007

Water puppets

In the 11th century, before the dikes were built to hold back the annual Red River floods in the delta, the farmers created a unique form of art - water puppetry.

The puppeteers stand in water up to their waist, behind a screen and manoeuvre the puppets on long bamboo poles. The performances consist of a dozen or more small acts which retell Vietnamese myths.

Musicians provide background music.


CaBaCuRl said...

Did the water puppet theatre visit Australia a couple of years ago...maybe for one of the festivals?How amazing!

Jules said...

Not sure cabacurl but it is a fabulous show - very difficult to photograoph though without a flash.

Cathrine said...

that is so amazing :)
just enchanting
thank you for sharing
and yes, I know it goes by too quickly (the children) I feel it already has
son is 8 - half way to 16 !!!!!
and my baby is soon 6 !
I promise to enjoy every second :)

dive said...

What a spectacular show, Jules.
Though those massed puppets are kinda spooky!

Old Wom Tigley said...

How unique, that certainly would be a sight to see..