The 1,000-year-old folk art form of water puppetry spins the traditional stories and folk melodies of Vietnam into a lavish, over-the-top spectacle: multi-colored phoenixes and copper turtles, fantastical jumping fish, pirouetting dragons spouting water. The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre of Saigon perform alongside the 7-member orchestra Rup Tung Cack–the Vietnamese description of drums beating–whose distinct blend of rural and contemporary Vietnam showcases the country’s colorful heritage. Featuring more than 15 different instruments, including gongs, kettle drums, bamboo flutes, zithers, and two-stringed violins, Rup Tung Cack’s arrangements help the puppets come vividly to life in this truly magical show, a rare treat for North American audiences (last seen in Seattle in 2002). This performance is appropriate for adults, and for children ages 3 and up/grades Pre-K and up.
May 15 Global Rhythms event note: Advance tickets for this event are sold out. Standby tickets may be available at the door. There are still tickets available for other performances. The 7:00pm Global Rhythms performance on May 15 includes an extended, pre-puppet show performance by the 7-member ensemble Rup Tung Cack. This concert is a special addition to the Friday evening show!
Learn more: About Saigon’s water puppets.
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Presented by: Town Hall, as part of its Arts & Culture series.
Series supported by: Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture,
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