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Vietnam's highly acclaimed cultural show, The Soul of Vietnam, comes to the IDECAF stage on Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Tuesday, Mar. 4. Featuring both traditional and modern Vietnamese dance, music and theatrical performance, The Soul of Vietnam tells a series of stories through a combination of enchanting mediums.
Few stories have the kind of resonance in different contexts as Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale of moral inconsistency and rival influence. There’s a reason that The New Theatre Company (TNT) has chosen Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to follow successful productions of Shakespeare and Gulliver’s Travels at the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Opera Houses, one of 20 countries on the play’s 22-week tour.
TNT’s first shows in Vietnam were Shakespeares. You then went on to an adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels. Now it’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. What factors have influenced your choice of plays to bring to Vietnam?
A decade ago, there was no such thing as English-language theatre in Ho Chi Minh City — that is until a small group of foreign thespians, bent on creating an outlet for the theatrically inclined, decided to change that. Alison Bredin, Ann Walkin, Joe Springer-Miller, Frank Christensen, Ro Verdeja and David Hope all joined forces to bring to life a new opportunity in the urban metropolis. The Saigon Players community theatre was born in 2003, performing their first production A Dog’s Life the following year to an enthusiastic audience of expats and locals alike.
The long awaited debut of Dragonfly Theatre Company’s Dangerous Liaisons is set to pull back the curtain in Ho Chi Minh City on Oct. 18, 19, 26 and 27 in the company’s most daring and salacious production to date.
We’re in Q4, a massive warehouse-cum-event space that will be the eventual setting of the production’s opening night. Right now, though, it is littered with stools, plush armchairs and wobbly sofas that Aaron is shoving across the uneven asphalt floor to create a makeshift stage. He takes a few steps back to survey his work, pausing to contemplate, and then begins approximating the stage dimensions by striding around the room in long, even steps, counting as he goes.
In the first installment of a three-part series on one of Vietnam’s premiere theatrical troupes, Karen Hewell pulls back the curtain on Dragonfly Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Dangerous Liaisons. Photos by Kyle Phanroy
Saigon Players and McSorley’s Ale House are getting together from Thursday May 16 to Sunday May 19 to present the second Ho Chi Minh City Visual and Performing Arts Festival.