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Vietnamese puppetry on show in South Korea

Released at: 11:19, 25/07/2017

Vietnamese puppetry on show in South Korea

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Performances held to mark 25th anniversary of relations between the two countries.

by Le Diem

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of relations between Vietnam and South Korea, Vietnamese puppetry will be introduced to South Korean audiences at the Yang-ju Artistic Center from July 25 to August 10.

Famous Vietnamese puppeteer Phan Thanh Liem has been invited by the Vietnam - Korea Friendship Association to perform, with he and his team presenting eight 50-minute shows, introducing Vietnamese puppetry in particular and Vietnamese traditional arts in general to South Koreans, such as duck catching and the dragon and phoenix dances.

Liem was born into a family in the northern province of Nam Dinh that has pursued water puppetry for seven generations. His father is famous puppeteer Phan Van Ngai, who created the mobile water puppetry stage. Ngai also created the “Chu Teu” (a humorous farmer) puppet, which is now on display in the Louvre in Paris. Liem was the first to create a mini water puppetry stage. His private house on Kham Thien Street in Hanoi hosts regular shows and attracts many visitors, including foreigners.

This is the third time Liem has been invited to South Korea. He has also been invited to perform in the UK, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Canada, Italy, and Poland, and performed at Long Beach, California, on World Wood Day 2017.

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