The V-2018 Hanoi International Puppetry Festival was closed on the evening of October 15, 2018 at Au Co Theater after a week of competition with colorful, attractive and creative puppet shows.
The Organizing Committee awarded 2 gold medals, 3 silver medals for "Best Performances"; 8 gold medals, 13 silver medals for "Best Actor & Actress", and 5 Innovative Rewards
I. Performance Award:
a) Gold Medal: 02
- Catfish - Toad water puppetry Performance - The Vietnam Puppetry Theatre
- Item: The sound of my home - National Puppetry Delegation of the Lao People's Democratic Republic.
b) Silver Medal: 03
- Tangled water puppetry performance - Thang Long Water Puppet Theater.
- Gaspard - Une Tribu Collectif Puppetry Delegation of Kingdom of Belgium
- Magic Lute - Hai Phong Puppetry Delegation.
c) Impressive Performance Award: 01
- Southern Water - Southern Arts Theatre.
II. Actor Award.
a) Gold Medal: 08
1. Artist Hoang Triu, Quang Lan Huong control the puppet of Toad (husband); Artist Lan Huong and Meritorious Artist The Long control the puppet of Toad (wife) in the Catfish-Toad Performance of the Vietnam Puppetry Theatre.
2. Artist Michel Michel Villée, Noémie Vincart in the item Gaspard - Une Tribu Collectif Puppetry Delegation - Wallonie-Bruxelles (The Kingdom of Belgium)
3. Meritorious Artist Quy Quoc and Thu Hoan control the puppet of Catfish (Husband), artists Linh Kha and Dat Hien control the puppet of Catfish (wife in the “Catfish-Toad” Performance - The Puppet Controller, Linh Kha Artist, Dat Hien puppet puppeteer in the Vietnam Puppetry Theatre.
4. Artist Philippe Saumont in the item Jouj... Polichinelle - Tarabates Puppet Theatre - Republic of France.
5. Group of actors and actresses: Ngoc Hai, Thanh Phuong, Thuy Trang, Trong Nguyen, Nguyet Minh, Dao Nhung, Van Lai, Van Duoc, Thanh Binh, Ngoc Phuong, Ngoc Tam, Trung Hieu, Thu Thuy, Cam Van, Phu Cuong, Thanh Duy, Chi Cuong, Manh Truong, Mai Ly and Hoang Tuan control puppets of Buffalo Season and Bird Yard in the Performance “Southern River” - Southern Art Theatre, Ho Chi Minh City.
6. Artist Ngo Thi Hien, Han Thi Phuong Thanh puppet princess, artist Tran Thanh Hieu controls big-eye prince in the “Tangled” water puppetry performance - Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
7. Artists Nguyen Thi Thu Giang, Nguyen Van Phuc control puppet of the witch in the “Tangled” water puppetry performance - Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
8. Artists Bui Anh Hien and Cao Thi Tien control the puppet of Mr. Dan in the “Magic lute” - Hai Phong Puppetry Delegation.
b) Silver Medal: 13
1. Meritorious Artist The Khien controls the puppet of Turtle Judge in the “Catfish – Toad” - The Vietnam Puppetry Theatre
2. Artist Tran Thi Thuong controls the puppet of Dao (Phu Ong's daughter) in the “Magic Lute” - Hai Phong Puppetry Delegation.
3. Group of Artists: Meritorious Artist Thu Thuy, Duc Thanh, Minh Thu, Minh Hoa, Hai Phuong, Thuong, Kim Tien, Mai Sao, Phuong Thoa control the puppet of Mermaid in the “Magic Lute” - Hai Phong Puppetry Delegation.
4. Artist Vanalet Vetdavong control the puppet of the husband and artist Viengthong Chanthavong controls the puppet of the wife in the sound of my home - National Puppetry Delegation of the Lao People's Democratic Republic.
5. Artist Nguyen Dang Nhan control the puppet of crow in the Puppet in the Tangled water puppetry performance - Thang Long Water Puppet Theater.
6. Group of Artists: Jirawan Waevsamana, Pongsatorn Yoddamnoen, Sumeth Obun, Chutiwat Manorat, Nutcha Manorat in the item Manorah - Tookkatoon Puppetry Delegation - Kingdom of Thailand
7. Meritorious Artist Pham Xuan Nam controls the puppet of the father, Meritorious Artist Pham Thu Thuy controls the artist of the mother in the puppet master in the “Magic Lute” - Hai Phong Puppetry Delegation.
8. Artist Sem Kosal controls the puppet of buffalo in the item “Farmers and the Lord” - The Royal Thai Puppetry Theatre.
9. Artist Pok Sarann controls the puppet of Commune Head in the item “Farmers and the Lord” - The Royal Thai Puppetry Theatre.
10. Artists Thanh Phuong and Nguyet Minh controls the puppet of the fisherman, artists Thuy Trang and Dao Nhung control the puppet of the wife in the item “Mosquito” - Southern Arts Theatre.
11. Artist Nguyen Xuan Long controls the puppet of snake in the “Tangled” water puppetry performance - Thang Long Water Puppet Theater.
12. Artist Thanh Tung controls the puppet of Eel patron in the “Catfish-Toad” item of the Vietnam Puppetry Theatre.
13. Group of artists Rodrigo Cardoso Andrade, Rosimeire Cardoso Andrade and Fábio Emilio Supperbi in the item the “Treasure Island” - O Que De Que Puppetry Delegation - Federative Republic of Brazil
III. Excellent awards for creative components: 05
1. Best Director: Nguyen Phuong Nhi - Thang Long Water Puppet Theater – “Tangled” Performance.
2. Excellent puppet shaping - National Puppetry Delegation of Lao People's Democratic Republic
3. Excellent stage decoration: Ngo Thang - the Vietnam Puppetry Theatre – “Catfish – Toad” Performance.
4. Outstanding Music - The Puppetry Delegation of the Kingdom of Cambodia
5. Outstanding Costumes - Tookkatoon Puppetry Delegation, Kingdom of Thailand
IV. Best Young Talent Award: 01
1. Artist Christian Elijah G. Lunaria - Lunaria Puppetry Delegation, Republic of the Philippines.
Delivering the closing speech at the Festival, People's Artist Vuong Duy Bien, Chairman of Art Council asserted: The Fifth International Puppetry Festival has been a success with the artists’ efforts. The Art Council highly appreciates the passion of local and international artists, which has made the success of the performances and roles in the Festival. The artists have introduced various performances, from the shallow, water, and mixed puppetry forms to create the effects for the performances. People's Artist Vuong Duy Bien, Chairman said: All the artists from every country still need to keep the basic characteristics of puppetry and may combine puppetry with other forms of theater to make puppetry more attractive but not to “pale” the nature of puppetry. One can see the difference between puppetry and other forms of theater in that the language of puppetry is the performances, movements, gestures and techniques of puppetry. The creation of puppetry art must be based on updating the life and applying it to life in order to open the ancient and precious traditions of each country and nation. In addition to that, the audience of puppetry is still young, so the technologies needs to put humor to the top, have smart processing, bring laughter wisdom to the audience, etc.
The V - 2018 Puppetry Festival has been crowned with success, leaving an unforgettable impression on puppet artists and the public who love this art.