AO Show Saigon // Ho Chi Minh City

Last friday I had the chance to see an amazing show at Saigon’s historic Opera House in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. While I was walking without a fixed destination I suddenly saw from far away a curious installation made by bamboo in front of the Opera House. Soon I have discovered that at 8:00PM of the same day there would be a vietnamese show performance called AO show. It is one hour show with acrobatic dance and traditional vietnamese music performance. I have to say that it has been quite long time since I saw a show with such overwhelming intensity. A non-stop acrobatic performance with a stunning scenography where black is the dominant color through out the show. The reference to the Cirque du Soleil is quite evident even because the show director Tuan Le is the first vietnamese artist to join the world famous Cirque du Soleil. Tuang Le lived and worked in Berlin for many years before he moves back to Ho Chi Minh City. He is one of the three people who created Lang Toi Circus Show, together with Nguyen Lan Maurice, the training director, and Nguyen Nhat Ly, the music director. AO show is deeply related to vietnamese culture and life, the bamboo has a strong role in the overall show, it is not just a prop but it is connected with the movements and emotions of each dance performer. The show is a series of scene describing the transformation of modern Vietnamese society and its people. Performers have different background from acrobats, martial arts performers to street-style dancers, jugglers. Five musicians play live music using traditional instruments. If you are in Ho Chi Minh you can not miss it! We love the show.

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