Whatever you do, if you have the opportunity to attend a Lune Production – Lune Cirque – do not miss it. For an hour or so you will be be totally absorbed by the drama and poignancy of traditional Vietnamese life in a unique way that will live with you long after the lights are turned up. The shows are genuinely world class in music and energetic, dramatic performance.
Lune Production has created an amphitheater in Hoi An that stages very Vietnamese shows which draw from the Cirque du Soleil tradition. Ha Noi and Ho Chin Minh City also stage Lune Production shows in their respective Opera Houses and other venues.
The shows Teh Dar, AO Show, Lang Toi and The Mist reflect deep-rooted aspects of Vietnamese culture and folklore, often drawing on everyday activity that stretches back thousands of years. Inspiration is found in the hunter gatherer hill tribes who still inhabit the most remote mountainous areas of Vietnam; the juxtaposition between bucolic traditions and contemporary, galloping urbanization; small village life in work and play; and traditional farming with its age-old focus on rice production.
Each Lune production tells its story through music and dance. Meanwhile mesmeric acrobatics and juggling oscillate between gentle rolling rhythms and abrupt heart-stopping moments.
A cirque is literally an amphitheatre created by glacial erosion. It’s a shape known since ancient Greek times to be perfect for theatrical performance, affording great intimacy for the audience. And so the experience is in Hoi An. Cirque is also the French word for circus, famously popularized by Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil in recent times but Lune Production puts on very refined circuses indeed.
The AO Show depicts the charming beauty and cultural richness of Vietnamese life in the countryside and contrasts it with the nations’s racing urbanization. The production is a unique mix of bamboo cirque, acrobatic acts, contemporary dance, and theatrical visual art. The live music echoes Vietnam’s southern work songs. All in all, this beautiful blend of genres creates a unique stage language, which well captures the essence of Vietnam’s fascinating culture.
Teh Dar looks back to a time of scattered tribes across the Vietnamese peninsula. Men and women gathered around open fires, hunted, danced, gathered and harvested together in circles. Today, 54 of those tribes still remain dispersed across the Vietnamese highlands. For the Tay Nguyen tribe the term Teh Dar means ‘going in circle’. It’s a philosophy of constant renewal and by maintaining the symbolic circles of tribal culture and giving them new life on stage the beautiful tribal traditions are preserved in the face of helter-skelter modernization.
Lang Toi (My Village) is a delicate matrix of tradition and innovation where the poetic beauty of Vietnamese village life is presented under a new cirque approach. Farming, building, fishing, gathering, harvesting traditional games and village lifestyle are recreated by ancestral bamboo props, breathtaking cirque, juggling and stunning acrobatics. Enchanting folk melody is played on more than 20 exotic traditional musical instruments. It is as if we are looking the eyes of a ‘native son’ who explores Vietnamese culture deeply and contemplates its poetic beauty.