Culture Saigon-based hat boi troupe celebrates 30th anniversary in Hue By Hieu Truong and staff writers Sunday, Sep 13, 2020,14:23 (GMT+7) Saigon-based hat boi troupe celebrates 30th anniversary in HueBy Hieu Truong and staff writers An artist applies the final touches to his eyebrows – PHOTOS: HIEU TRUONG Ngoc Khanh, a troupe performing hat boi, a genre of Vietnamese traditional drama, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary by presenting a special two-night show at Thanh Binh Tu Duong (Thanh Binh Ancestral Worship Hall) in Hue City in central Vietnam. Hat boi, a.k.a. hat bo or hat tuong, has a long history as part of Vietnam’s traditional performing arts. According to some authors, the origin of this art dates back to five centuries ago first in the north before going down south as Vietnam expanded her territories. Hat boi is distinctive from other arts in that it is highly symbolic, from gestures of actors and actresses to their costumes. But the most outstanding features of hat boi is apparently face painting. Look at the face of a performer of hat boi on the stage and you’ll know immediately his/her characters and social status. Once a favorite genre of art of Vietnamese, hat boi is now facing… Read full this story
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