Musée des confluences

Vietnamese water puppets

National Theatre of Hanoi

Thursday, November 16 | 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 18 | 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm

A unique and magical art created in Vietnam by peasant farmers from the rice fields.
The Water Puppets return to enchant the auditorium of the museum which will again set up a pool of water to welcome them. Made in Vietnam, these little puppets tell us about the village folklore. A popular form of entertainment originating from an ancestral tradition which promises to provide you with a magnificent escape.

Discovered by the Maison des Cultures du Monde, which invited them to leave Vietnam for the first time in 1984, The Water Puppets from Vietnam (Hanoi) are the heirs to an ancestral tradition: the mua roi nûoc. Recognised in 1121, commended by the king for its perfection, this art was born in northern Vietnam where water is ever-present in the day-to-day lives of rice-farmers and fisherfolk. The puppets have always been a popular show that highlights village folklore.

The presentations of the artists of the Water Puppet Theatre are magical, composed of typical songs accompanied by an orchestra of traditional instruments, short skits full of poetry, colours and gaiety and episodes in the history of Vietnam, in a Vietnamese setting of temples and pagodas.

Under the direction of Thanh Thủy
Ngô Thanh Thủy , Nguyễn Hồng Phong, Trần Quý Quốc, Bùi Duy Hiếu, Bùi Duy Hiếu, Phạm Thu Hằng, Hoàng Thị Kim Thoa, Vũ Thanh Tùng: puppets
Nguyễn Văn Quý, Nguyễn Hải Đăng, Nguyễn Trung Dũng, Nguyễn Thị Kiều Linh: musicians
Cấn Thị Thu Hiền, Ngô Thị Quắm : vocals

In collaboration with the Maison des Cultures du Monde as part of the 21st Festival de l’Imaginaire.
In partnership with the Museum of Puppet Arts – Gadagne Museum [musée des arts de la marionnette, musées Gadagne].