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What not to miss this weekend in Hanoi?

Updated at Friday, 11 Jan 2019, 11:10
The Hanoitimes - Lots of great local events to enjoy this weekend! From theater and ballet to Japanese flower festival, this is your guide to what’s happening.
Theater Performance “Histoires”
 
Theater Performance “Histoires”.
Theater Performance “Histoires”.
You are invited to a performance of “Histoires” – a breathtaking play inspired by oral lore, a beautiful travel through different eras and places in order to find our own identity, our roots. There will be fictional characters brought together with historical figures, fictional events among historical events. But what if history were finally fictional and vice versa?
“Histoires” is directed by Quentin Delorme with adaptation of Alexis Michalik’s “Le Porteur d’Histoire”, played by students from ATH and comedians from Escape Co.
Time: Saturday January 12 at 8:00 pm
Venue: Youth Theater, 11 Ngo Thi Nham, Hanoi
Theater Performance “The Bald Soprano”

 
Theater Performance “The Bald Soprano”.
Theater Performance “The Bald Soprano”.
Following the two widely-acclaimed plays: “Quan” (by Long Chuong) và “La Jalousie du Barbouillé” (by Molière) on the stages of Hanoi Opera House and L’Espace. LucTeam is back at the French cultural space with a famous play of the Theatre of the Absurd: “La cantatrice chauve” (The Bald Soprano) by Eugène Ionesco.
First premiered in Paris on May 11 1950, Eugène Ionesco’s initial masterpiece was a wild success. “The Bald Soprano” was well received by the audience, opening the way for the Theatre of the Absurd, or “tragicomedy”, of the modern West.
By performing a famous play from a famous genre of theater arts – tragicomedy – stage director Tran Luc and LucTeam seem to bring to the theatrical scene of Hanoi a brand new, exciting performance, a new breeze and hope that would be received with enthusiasm.
Time: Saturday January 12 at 8:00 pm
Venue: L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien street, Hanoi
“Half-Animal” Synthesizer

 
“Half-Animal” Synthesizer.
“Half-Animal” Synthesizer.
“Half-animals” are deliberately created occurrences, which resemble “nature”, or create a nature, or recreate “our” notion of nature. A result of a search that relates to the connections between memories, things and sounding machines. A conjunction of a mimesis of the animals and mimetic machines – to let the computer sing, to let the machines mime the animals. A result of the cheeping of a feedback and the memory of the sounding of the environment, created to be observed, created by a blurry apparatus.
A playing with the affection to things and animals: animal-voice-transmissions.
“Half-animals” will be performed by sound artist Olaf Hochherz and some outstanding faces of the New gen of the local Contemporary Music scene. Join  the show to observe and experiment the extraordinary sounds with the performers.
Time: Saturday January 12 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Venue: Heritage Space, 1st Floor, Dolphin Plaza, 6 Nguyen Hoang / 28 Tran Binh, My Dinh 2, Hanoi
Vietnam Junior Ballet Gala: “Sleeping Beauty”

 
Vietnam Junior Ballet Gala: “Sleeping Beauty”.
Vietnam Junior Ballet Gala: “Sleeping Beauty”.
Following the resounding success of the Junior Ballet Gala Season 1 – “The Nutcracker” which was taken place in January 01, 2018 at the Hanoi Opera House with the participation of 100 kid dancers, the Vietnam Junior Ballet Gala will return to with the classic ballet “The Sleeping Beauty”.
The Sleeping Beauty is a famous ballet by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This ballet consists of three stages. This is one of Tchaikovsky’s best ballets and one of the most famous ballets of classical music. The “Sleeping Beauty” ballet is a romantic manifesto of love regardless of time and curses; under the music and ballet dances, the story of a princess falling into a deep sleep for 100 years and awakened by a kiss will be more classic and luxurious.
This is the first time in ballet history in both adult and kid versions the classic ballet “Sleeping Beauty” are performed in Vietnam, with the largest number of actors ever (130 actors). Especially, this is the version that is completely staged and re-created by General Director / Choreographer: Meritorious Artist Dam Han Giang, who is known as the Vietnamese ballet prince, and also the General Director of the Junior Ballet Gala Season 1 – “The Nutcracker”.
The performance of 130 professional kid dancers in the gala night will bring a fresh new color which is different from the international versions. Especially, all ballet costumes will be completely newly designed according to the ballet standards and stage will be most ornately decorated in Vietnam.
Time: Sunday January 13 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Venue: Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien street, Hanoi
Japanese Festival: Oshougatsu 2019

 
Japanese Festival: Oshougatsu 2019.
Japanese Festival: Oshougatsu 2019.
The Oshougatsu Festival is an annual not-for-profit event aiming to recreate the atmosphere of Japan’s Oshougatsu festival in Vietnam, as well as promoting cultural exchange activities between Vietnam and Japan.
Oshougatsu 2019 will have the largest Kadomatsu tree in Vietnam, Wisteria-adorned road with 12.000 strings of vibrant flowers, Japanese-style bamboo fence, 3D photobooth: flower road, Japanese tea room, Chouchin lantern tree, Osaisen Bako offering box, enjoy Yosakoi dance, calligraphy, try fortune telling with omikuji, new year wishes, omamori charms, and many more exciting things.
Time: Sunday January 13 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Venue: Yard C9, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, No. 1 Giai Phong road, Hanoi
Ha Phuong
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