Cheo or Vietnamese Popular Theatre

Posted by admin at 03-28-2010 14:09:16

Cheo is a form of stage performance that originated in the Northern countryside. The word cheo means “lyrics of folk ballads, proverbs”. Cheo includes dance, music, and popular stories. Human righs and the battle of good against evil are common themes. The joyfulness and optimism of cheo is expressed through humors and wit.

     In Cheo performances, there is always an exchange between the audience and the performers. The performers, dao (actress) and kep (actor) portray lao (an old man), mu (a female character), and he (a comic).

     The magical sound of the cheo drums irresistibly attracts and captivates audiences, regardless of age or nationality.