At the opening of an exhibition featuring China’s renowned Peking opera master Mei Lanfang (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese and Chinese experts and artists in traditional stage art met at a conference in Hanoi on December 11 to share experience and seek ways to promote the art, as well as optimising the role of theatrical activities in deepening mutual understanding.

People’s Artist Le Tien Tho, Chairman of Vietnam Stage Artists’ Association said that the activity contributes to fostering the connectivity of theatre artists of the two neighbouring countries, giving a chance for them to exchange ideas on how to develop the traditional art in a modern context.

Participants at the conference evaluated the situation of stage art in the current period, support policies for artists, the training of young artists, and measures to popularise the art amidst the process of international integration.

Reviewing the methods behind traditional Vietnamese stage art, playwright Le Quy Hien said that Vietnamese theater has seen the inheritance of traditional art and the absorbance of modern theatre techniques.

Despite difficulties and challenges, Vietnamese theatrical artists have always been proud of the country’s stage art, he said.

Yan Baoquan from China’s Shaanxi University said that in recent decades, the traditional stage art of China has entered a struggling period. He said the restoration and preservation of traditional heritage arts has received much attention from the Communist Party of China and the Chinese Government.

According to Vietnamese theatre critic and theorist Assistant Professor Tat Thang, Chinese theatre has the highest number of genres in the world, with more than 300 types

Dr. Tran Thi Minh Thu from the Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Art Studies said that Vietnamese and Chinese stage arts have experienced four waves of interferences, but the Vietnamese art has still maintained its identity.

The conference was part of the Vietnam-China traditional art exchange that is running from December 11-14 in Hanoi. Within the programme, there will be an exhibition featuring China’s renowned Peking opera master Mei Lanfang and both Vietnamese and Chinese theatrical performances. –VNA