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Quintessence Show

"Real Life Performance" in Vietnam

With the celebration of the history of northern Vietnam and the preservation of traditional water puppetry at its heart, The Quintessence of Tonkin is also an emotive expression of the ancient union between religion and monarchy. The show is romantic, poetic and emotional, and brings a breath of fresh air and stirring excitement to Vietnamese entertainment.

The entire show is performed on water, and local farmers and their families from the Sai Son Commune in the Quoc Oai area — just outside Hanoi — were trained for two years to bring the extravaganza to life. A replica of the famous Thuy Dinh pavilion from the Thay Pagoda complex, complete with lake and bamboo forest, is the setting for this lavish production. Even the Thay Mountain half a kilometre away is an integral part of the set. With its inspired use of modern entertainment technology, no expense has been spared to bring this creative vision to life.

• Explores the deep-rooted culture of northern Vietnam
• Drawing upon the rich history of the Red River Delta provinces
• Sharing northern Vietnamese tradition from a contemporary perspective

The Story immerges in history and culture 
• The stage occupies a space close to Chua Thay, one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Vietnam
• The audience watches the performance to the backdrop of the pagoda
• Performance can be combined with a visit to Chua Thay (also Chua Tay Phuong, Ba Vi, Duong Lam, and surrounding countryside).

Real People, Real Performer 
These local farmers know the story of countryside dwelling – farming, fishing, and festivals – better than anyone. It is their story to tell…”
• The performance does not employ professional performers
• All the performers are locals, trained specifically for the spectacle
• Each performer has undergone a rigorous 1-year training program
This is more than just a show – it’s an experience.

Time Departure: 
Pick-up   : 17:30 from Hanoi Tower, 49 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Drop-off : 20:45 from Baara Land, Sai Son Commune, Quoc Oai District, Hanoi

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