Directed by former Cirque du Soleil choreographer Tuấn Lê, À Ố Làng Phố has left audiences the world over enthralled. Its Melbourne debut follows successful seasons in Sydney and Perth, and an international premiere at Les Nuits de Fourvière in Lyon.

Created by the Việt Kiều (Vietnamese people living outside Vietnam in a diaspora) founders of Nouveau Cirque du VietnamNguyễn Nhất Lý (Musical Director, French-Vietnamese), Nguyễn Lân Maurice (Artistic Director, French-Vietnamese), Tuấn Lê (Director, German-Vietnamese) and Nguyễn Tân Lộc (Choreographer, Vietnamese) – À Ố Làng Phố is an utterly original show that joyously celebrates the beauty of Vietnamese culture.

À Ố Làng Phố translates as ‘from village to city’, and over the course of this magical performance an expanding metropolis is constructed from bamboo poles, woven boats and baskets. Few works can claim to have pioneered a new art form, but by combining bamboo and circus, this troupe conjures extraordinary possibilities.

In À Ố Làng Phố, two elements are intertwined to tell stories that evoke emotion from the audience in a harmonious play of juxtapositions: the toughness of the bamboo pole versus the flexibility of the body and the stillness of a rural village versus the excitement of the circus.

Circus artists perform on a beautifully designed and lit set constructed entirely of bamboo poles and rattan-woven baskets traditionally used by fisherman and farmers. As they are constructed and deconstructed, they tell a story of urbanisation as a quaint seaside village is transformed into a bustling city with skyscraper buildings. From the idyllic beauty and rich culture of life in rural Vietnam, this transforming landscape is the playground for some of Vietnam’s most astonishing acrobats.

February 27 – 29

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