À Ố Làng Phố

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À Ố Làng Phố
Photograph: Nguyen The Duong

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This French-Vietnamese company is bringing their innovative circus show to the Opera House

By now, you probably think you've seen all circus has to offer, right? But have you ever seen a culturally adventurous, genre-defying narrative piece of circus art from Vietnam? We thought not.

À Ố Làng Phố is the work of Tuan Le, who formerly worked for Cirque du Soleil. But unlike the lavishly appointed big tops where Cirque du Soleil performs, things are stripped right back in this circus. It's performed on a set that's constructed entirely of bamboo and rattan, which comes to life to tell a story of urbanisation. In fact the total translates loosely to "from village to city".

The show is set to an unusual soundtrack that melds traditional Vietnamese music with hip-hop, performed by five musicians, while 15 acrobats perform aerial work, contortion and juggling.


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