Exhibition, performances mark 100 years of Cai Luong

A programme featuring an exhibition and performances of cai luong (reformed opera) opened at the Tran Huu Trang Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday to celebrate 100 years of the art form.

The event reviewed the development of cai luong over the past century, with artists staging excerpts from different periods. The performers also showed their audiences props, costumes and make-up techniques used for cai luong plays. As part of the three-day programme, nearly 100 paintings by Truong Van Y are on display, featuring portraits of renowned cai luong artists and playwrights like Vien Chau, Cao Van Lau, Ut Tra On and Dinh Bang Phi. Cai luong is a form of modern folk opera, particularly popular in southern Vietnam. It is the convergence of southern Vietnamese folk songs, classical music, tuong (traditional opera) and modern spoken drama.

Source: VOV5