Inside Asia Tours: Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Insider Experience: Behind The Scenes Water Puppetry

Take a look behind the scenes of one of Vietnam's most beloved art forms: Water puppetry.

Water puppetry is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Rather than just catching a show, we will take you beneath the surface of this ancient art form, meeting with a puppet maker in his local workshop, painting a personalised puppet and learning the secrets of the performers, gaining deep insight into local craft and rural traditions.

As you step into the home of Mr. Liem, a passionate seventh-generation puppet maker and performer, receive an introduction to water puppetry, while touring his workshop where shelf after shelf is lined with wooden puppet parts in all shares and sizes.

Be entertained by a half-hour performance at a small theatre in his house, learning about the folklore and legends presented in the show and the significance of the performance itself. After the show, its time to get a little wet (optional!), joining with the puppeteers to learn basic techniques, using bamboo rods to move the puppets through the water. Returning to the workshop you will then have the opportunity to paint a traditional puppet, using a range of typical bright and shiny colours to create a one-of-a-kind marionette, all the while learning more about this local art form.

Insider Experience: Behind The Scenes Water Puppetry

located in Hanoi

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