Modernizing Traditional Performing Arts in Vietnam – A View From Tuong Theater

  • Hiep Nguyen Hoang Faculty of Literature, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Viet Nam National University
  • Son Hoang Kim Faculty of Literature, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Viet Nam National University
Keywords: Vietnamese Tuong Theater, Tuong Arts, Vietnam, Cultural Renewal, Cultural Preservation

Abstract

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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Published
2019-12-21
How to Cite
Nguyen Hoang, Hiep, and Son Hoang Kim. 2019. “Modernizing Traditional Performing Arts in Vietnam – A View From Tuong Theater”. Journal of Urban Culture Research 19 (December), 74-90. https://doi.org/10.14456/jucr.2019.10.
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Case Study