National Geographic : 1961 Oct
Stage star Thanh Nga ranks as first actress of a Saigon theater group. a - M- ( ACVt AND LtFI) AND HS EKIACHROMES ) N.G.S . Trumpet fanfare at Hue salutes pal ace dancers (opposite). Vietnamese musicians use instruments and a pen tatonic scale inherited from China. Death Stalks the Stage: An Assassin's Sword Strikes Down the King Dazzling costumes and sumptuous set tings distinguish cai luong- reformed theater. Dating from the 1920's, cai luong combines words and music, tragedy and comedy into a dramatic form that suggests Western operetta. Musical tempos denote sadness, an ger, joy, and other emotions. Roman tic plots employ realistic characters. Classical hat boi offers tragic themes with legendary heroes. This scene took place during a per formance of The Beautiful Girl of White Flower Village, at the Nguyen Van Hoa Theater in Saigon. Symbolic blossoms in hand, the palace troupe performs the Dance of the Flowers. Children dedicated to the ballet receive free schooling.