Cai luong, rock fusion hits stage

Viet Nam National Cai Luong Theatre's artists will perform in a history-themed performance titled Hung Dong (Breaking Dawn) to revive the story of late prominent revolutionary Phan Dang Luu.

Rock on: The HUB band joins the Hung Dong show, making the traditional show more modern. — Photo

The show is staged by director Trieu Trung Kien, combining modern music genres such as jazz, rock and pop.

"I invited the HUB band to join the cai luong artists to make the traditional show more interesting," Kien said at a recent press conference. "The HUB band will play rock music during the climactic scenes of the show."

The director also discussed the difficulties of staging Hung Dong, noting that his actors had not performed in a revolutionary work for a long time.

"We know the importance and significance of the work. The actors are nervous during rehearsals," the director said.

The show focuses on the 1923 - 40 period and is split into seven parts. The opening scene features Luu, who works at Thanh Ba Sericulture Farm in the northern province of Phu Tho, as he makes his way back to his home in Yen Thanh District in the central province of Nghe An.

As the play progresses, he joins the revolution in the central city of Hue and lands in prison in the central highland province of Dac Lac.

The part of Luu is played by the cai luong theatre's Quang Khai. Acting in such an important role is a real challenge for many artists, he said.

"I have to concentrate on learning the words in Hung Dong by heart. Normally, when I act in other shows, I find it easy to remember the words," Khai said.

"In this show, however, it takes time to memorise the conversations. I am trying my best to express the revolutionary spirit of Phan Dang Luu, who was also an intellectual."

The script of the cai luong play is an abridged version of the literary script written by Dr Nguyen The Ky. The two-hour show will include performances by Quang Khai, Thu Hien and Hoang Tung.

"Hung Dong is an expression of the gratitude, particularly amongst the youth, towards our older generations who fought resistance wars to save the country," author Dr Ky said.

Luu (1902-41) was a revolutionary and journalist.

After seven years of being jailed in the Central province of Vinh and the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, he contributed to the success of the revolution in the centre of Viet Nam from 1936 to 1939.

He was also recognised as the author of books such as Xa Hoi Tu Ban (The Capitalist Society) and The Gioi Cu Va The Gioi Moi (The Old and New World), which were published between 1937 and 1939.

He was captured while returning to southern Viet Nam and sentenced to death on March 3, 1941.

Hung Dong is performed at Hong Ha Cinema, Ha Noi, till today (Saturday). It will be broadcast live on Viet Nam National Television.


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