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HBSO gears up with new art programs in 2018

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HBSO gears up with new art programs in 2018

Minh Phong

Tran Vuong Thach, director of the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO), speaks at a news conference to announce its Spring Summer 2018 season in HCMC on February 27 - PHOTO: HOANG PHONG

Despite facing a slew of difficulties and obstacles for its development in recent years, the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) is still making stringent efforts to provide more quality entertainment for the audience. This year, a range of new art programs with international cooperation will be introduced to the public to diversify entertainment activities for local people and the expat community.

Tran Vuong Thach, director of the HBSO, said at a news conference yesterday to unfold its Spring-Summer 2018 season that starting from March, the theater will have a busy schedule to serve local and foreign art lovers. The first program will be the “Kieu Story” contemporary dance, inspired from “The Tale of Kieu” masterpiece by the great poet Nguyen Du.

The show, expected to hit the local stage on March 10-11 at the Opera House in HCMC’s District 1, demonstrates the cooperation between Vietnamese artists and Korean choreographer Chun Yoo Oh, who has been living in HCMC for more than ten years. Chun Yoo Oh has expressed her wish to contribute to her second home many dancing events to help prop up mutual understanding and boost cultural exchanges between the two peoples.

As scheduled, there will also be multiple programs in three fields of symphony orchestra, opera and ballet, especially the “De men phieu luu ky” (Diary of a Cricket) opera adapted from a novel of the same name by late famous Vietnamese writer To Hoai as a highlight for 2018.

In recent years, HBSO has been grappling with the lack of a private stage for art arrangement, practice and performance for some large-scale programs. Currently, three art troupes of orchestra, opera and ballet of HBSO have to rent different locations for practice and rehearsal.

As the role of the director of the theater, Thach is finding ways to have more income and attract future young talents with the goal to maintain the stable operation of the HBSO and approach more audiences as this year marks the 25th anniversary of its establishment.

Thach and other leaders of HBSO also shared their wish for the establishment of a new theater besides the Municipal Theater for HBSO to operate. During the past years, HBSO has received many offers from local and foreign investors for the project to build a new theater.

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