Modernizing Traditional Performing Arts in Vietnam – A View From Tuong Theater
In the past, Tuong theatrical performances were an art form of the royal court of Vietnam. In modern times, it is performed to public audiences by Vietnam’s National Tuong Theater and in local theaters across Vietnam. With its long performances, ancient vocabulary unfamiliar costumes and makeup, the Tuong art form struggles to modernize and remain attractive to audiences. In this article, Vietnam’s National Tuong Theater is examined to explore how Vietnamese traditional performing arts have modernized since the state implemented the reform policy and market economy. It also considers steps Vietnam’s National Tuong Theater has taken to customize traditional plays and renovate the shows to match the demands of modern audiences. An evaluation of their achievements and recommendations for revitalizing the Tuong art form for contemporary Vietnamese society is provided.
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