A O SHOW
A O SHOW AT A GLANCE
A BLEND OF
17 Vietnamese musical instruments
Approximately 60 minutes
07 Cong Truong Lam Son, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Standing magnificently at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City is Saigon Opera House.
Also known as the Municipal Theater, the opera house was built in 1898 by Eugene Ferret, following the “flamboyant” style of the French Third Republic. Located on the city’s center axis, connecting metro station and the roundabout in front of Ben Thanh Market, the building stands as one of the most impressive sight in Saigon – both night and day.
The name ‘A O’ derives from ‘Làng Phố’, which means ‘village and city’. These simple letters tell us in a nutshell about this version of Vietnam that went through an exciting transitional period.
A O Show depicts the charming beauty and cultural richness of Vietnamese life in the countryside, in contrast with the nation’s racing urbanization. The show is a unique mix of bamboo cirque, acrobatic acts, contemporary dance, and theatrical visual art. The live music echoes Vietnamese Southern work songs. All in all, this beautiful blend of genres creates a unique stage language, which well captures the essence of Vietnam’s fascinating culture.
CREATIVE CIRQUE MEETS CONTEMPORARY DANCE
A O Show presents a creative breakthrough in blending genres. The show is a rare mix of cirque, acrobatics, dynamic contemporary dance and live music, plus a creative use of bamboo and rattan props from ordinary life. All these elements harmonize to achieve a dynamic and visually rich stage language that speaks of our culture in a unique way.
A BEAUTIFUL CONTRASTING PORTRAIT OF MODERN VIETNAM
A O Show may be the only show that presents our beloved Vietnam in an exciting transitional period. There is perfect harmony within chaos. There are vivid and romantic moments of life in the countryside versus the happening noise and funny discordance of urbanization. A beautiful contrasting portrait of Vietnam today, painted through the poetic lens of a soulful observer, full of love for this land.
UNIQUE CREATURES OF IMAGINATION
The show is full of interesting metaphors. Creatures in the countryside and urban subjects are rendered into stunning visuals with vivid features and body language. With minimal bambooware as props and pure imagination, the show creators have woven these creatures, finding their exotic beauty within the very small things in Vietnamese daily life.
A DELICATE TOUCH OF HUMOR
Only when looking at Vietnam, a strange place that evokes both profound emotions and frustration, may the artists found so much fun and amusing substance to tell their cultural tales. That is why a humorous tone underlies many of A O Show’s acts. Funny situations in a small urban community. Amusing creatures’ body language. Never before has a cultural show captured this spirit of Vietnam in a tone so charming, endearing, and super entertaining.
Including: Entrance ticket to the show
Excluding: Transfer and other expenses not mentioned
- Guests need to arrange own transportation to and from the theatre