A state-of-the-art water stage, 3D visual effects, hundreds of performers, authentic costumes, live music, martial arts, pyrotechnics, dancing ….
Opened in Hanoi late last year, Quintessence of Tonkin has all the makings of a world-class performance.
But the show has a loftier aim: to celebrate the history and heritage of Tonkin, an agricultural region in northern Vietnam.
Staged entirely on water, the open-air performance provides a broad overview of village life, from folklore to music, poetry, water puppetry, Buddhism and more.
“When doing the show, I feel very proud of my country. My beloved country, Vietnam,” director Nhat Nam Hoang tells Vietnam Luxury Tours.
“We have many good things that we call quintessence. This is a good chance for us to introduce the culture of Vietnam around the world.”
Behind the scenes
Dating back thousands of years, the Tonkin region is among Vietnam’s many rice bowls.
Inspired by this deep farming culture, Hoang set out to create a contemporary show that would preserve local art, poetry and traditions.
And who better to tell the story of Tonkin than the villagers themselves?
Hoang hired retirees, farmers and residents from the Quoc Oai area, just outside of Hanoi, to perform on stage.