02/09/2014 09:13 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

New series brings global theatre to Vietnamese audiences

Hanoi, September 1 (VNA) - Masterpiece The Caucasian Chalk Circle is among a stage series to be put on by the Youth Theatre in the latter half of this year.

Composed by the German modernist playwright Bertolt Brecht, the parable tells a story of a servant who sacrifices her love for a soldier to rescue a baby and become a better mother than its wealthy biological parents.

The play, which will to make its debut on September 16, is a stage co-production by the Youth Theatre and the Goethe Institute in an effort to bring more of the world's stage masterpieces to Vietnamese audiences.

"Through this collaboration, we would like to introduce the play to our audiences and profound knowledge of European stage art to Vietnamese artists," said the theatre director Truong Nhuan.

"In particular, we want our artists at the Youth Theatre to be brought up to date with modern stage techniques in Germany."

The three-day show will be overseen by German director Dominik Gunther with the theatre's veteran actress Le Khanh as deputy-director. Khanh will be the lead actress in the production.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle was written in 1944 while Brecht was living in the US. It premiered worldwide in 1948 and in Germany in 1954. It is considered one of Brecht's most celebrated works and is one of the most widely performed German plays in the world.

It is the second Brecht composition to be performed by the Youth Theatre. In 1993, it performed The Good Person of Setzuan and later performed a second interpretation on a tour to Hue and Ho Chi Minh City in 2009.

A separate experimental piece Ghen Hoan Thu (Hoan Thu Jealousy) will also feature in the series.

The play is being rehearsed by the theatre's Youth Experimental Physical Troupe and is based on the Vietnamese masterpiece Truyen Kieu (Kieu's Tales), a masterpiece of Vietnamese classic epic poetry. The collaboration, between the Youth Theatre and the Vietnam Kieu Association, will mark the 250th birth anniversary of the tales' author, poet Nguyen Du, in 2015.

A third piece, entitled Vong Dia Cau Be Nho (Little Global Round), will see the theatre and the Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment (iSEE) collaborate with a focus on the themes of anti-discrimination and anti-violence.
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