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Roi Nuoc

Roi Nuoc is a traditional Vietnamese performance art using colorfully painted and costumed wooden puppets. They most closely resemble marionettes, with jointed arms, legs and heads.

Roi Nuoc are controlled by a puppeteer by way of long poles that are hidden under water. The stage is a small pool, with a scenic backdrop, hiding the puppeteers. Performances are based on traditional folklore or historical events. Music and audio, either recorded or live, accompany the performances.

Sadly, this ancient tradition seems to be dying out. It's still possible to catch regular performances in HCMC, at the Historical Museum or Hanoi, at the Water Puppet Theater. Catch it while you can!


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