For over a thousand years, performers in Vietnamese water puppet theater have always gotten cold feet.
Water puppetry is performed in a chest-deep pool of water, with the water’s surface as a stage. The puppeteers stand behind a curtained backdrop. First performed a thousand years ago on the surface of ponds and paddy fields in Vietnam’s Red River Delta, water puppetry (roi nuoc in Vietnamese) is the lively creation of farmers who spent their days in flooded rice fields. We saw lots of rice fields in Cambodia ( and in 2012 when we were in Guilin, China) because we were close to the countryside but Ho Chi Minh is a bigger city.
The water provides the best setting for the puppeteers’ theme: day-to-day village life. Water puppets bring humor to scenes of farming, fishing, festival events such as buffalo fights, and children’s games of marbles and coin-toss.
A Water Puppet show was a MUST on my list! Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre Company have preformed internationally and it was really amazing. I loved it!!