Cai Luong is a traditional theatrical art form of the South. Although born after the traditional theater forms in the North and Central Vietnam, Cai Luong has a distinct character, bringing the breath and emotions of the people of the South. After nearly 100 years of establishment and development, cai luong has been passed down from generation to generation, many plays have become classics of this art form.
The Museum of Ho Chi Minh City is currently displaying images and documents about the Cai Luong stage of Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. In combination with this exhibition, the City Museum organizes a thematic activity on the cai luong theater, in order to create conditions for city students to learn more about the reformed theater art form. wages, contributing to the preservation and preservation of the nation’s traditional cultural identity.
The symposium took place on the morning of September 19, 2012 with a talk by Musician, Master of Music Huynh Khai – Dean of the Department of Ethnic Music, Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music about the cai luong stage:
- 1. From the Don Ca Tai Tu movement to the Cai Luong stage.
– The Don Ca Tai Tu movement in the early 20th century.
– The birth of the Ca ra Bo form in the Don Ca Tai Tu movement.
– The art of Don Ca Tai Tu and Hat Boi came to form the Cai Luong stage.
- Tai Tu Orchestra in Cai Luong stage:
– Main instrument.
– The birth of new musical instruments, from the improvement of Western musical instruments, by Tai Tu artists. Cai Luong theater uses these instruments. Instruments amplify sound.
3. Tuong, story, script :
– From tuong, story, script to the genre of cai luong tuong: Cai luong Chinese tuong, social tuong, suppose, social…
– Levels of delegations: subcommittees, central committees, great committees.
– Specialization of groups.
- Reviewing the development stages of the cai luong theater:
– In 1915, 1920, 1930, 1945, 1954, 1975, 1990, 2000, 2012
- Thoughts on Contemporary Cai Luong Singing:
– The expression and adaptation of Cai Luong art in modern society.
– Types of reformation in life.
– The vitality of Cai Luong art in community life.
Along with the talk of the Musician, Master of Music Huynh Khai also had an illustrated performance by the actors of the Don Ca Tai Tu and Cai Luong Sen Viet Clubs with 3 excerpts from the Cai Luong plays. such as: Me Linh, Kieu Nguyet Nga and To Anh Nguyet drums.
The symposium left a good impression as well as provided a lot of useful information about the reformed art form to the attendees, who are the representatives of the museums in the city, especially the 150 students from Ho Chi Minh City College of Culture and Arts and Ho Chi Minh City Open University.