Water Puppet Show

Posted by admin at 03-28-2010 14:35:30

Invented during the Ly Dynasty (1009-1225), the water puppet show is a form of artistic performance unique to the Vietnamese.


     The ponds and lakes of the northern plains, where crowds gathered during festivals and galas, become the lively stages for the water puppet shows. Puppets are made of wood and coated with waterproof paint. Each puppet is handmade, has its own posture, and expresses a certain character. The most outstanding puppet is known as chu Tet, which has a round face and a humorous and optimistic smile. The show starts with Chu Teu, dressed in an odd costume, ordering joyful laughter.

     The artists who control the puppets must stand in water behind the stage door. Performances are accompanied by percussion instruments, such as drums.