Water puppetry to go to Finland: opportunity to learn
The Central Vietnam Puppetry Theatrewill take 16 traditional water puppetry items to Finland for the firsttime this autumn. At the same time, 11 Vietnamese puppeteers will betrained in modern puppetry at Finland's Hevosenkeke Theatre. KirsiAropaltio, Art Director of Hevosenkeke Theatre, talks about the event.
From August 29 to September 2, 15 young Vietnamese water puppet artists will perform at Espoo Culture Centre, Tapiola and Hevosenkenka Theatre at the invitation of the Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr Pekka Hyvonen.
Hevosenkenka Theatre is famous around the world for “human puppets” – puppets as big as humans.
The Vietnamese delegation will present to international friends their best performances like Uncle Teu, dragon dance, fishing, fighting foxes and catching ducks.
From August 25 to October 10, another 10 Vietnamese puppet artists will fly to Finland to attend a training course and share experience with Finnish colleagues.
As scheduled, in November 2009, a Finnish puppet delegation will also have an exchange course in Vietnam to explore the unique features of puppets in general and water puppets in particular. The visits are a good preparation for the second international puppet festival to be held in Vietnam in 2010.