The Travel Show of BBC selected A O Show to represent for Vietnam's modern circus, as part of a series looking at circuses around the world. The episode was aired on BBC Worldwide and BBC2 channels in February 2015.

After finding the mission of Rafael's circus series, as a part of BBC's The Travel Show, is to understand Vietnamese circus traditional and modern characteristics, Tuan Le introduced him to A O Show, his later creation about Southern Vietnamese life.

The documentary series is named 'Around the world in five circuses', that pays tribute to circus traditions in the five continents, different styles of circus and the cities where they originated from. Each of the five episodes is 6 minutes long and features a circus group in one city of each continent, including Mama Africa's acrobats in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Circo Para Toros in Cali, Colombia; Romanès Cirque Tzigane in Paris, France; A O Show in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Circus OZ in Melbourne, Australia.

After seeing the show, Rafael was completely fascinated by A O Show, and intrigued to explore the creation of the show, performer's skills and backgrounds, the culture expression behind the show's concept, and even the origin of the show's bamboo scenography.

One scene in A O Show

See this episode to understand more about A O Show and get to know our crew members. Thank you BBC Worldwide and Rafael Estefania for your exclusive feature of A O Show.

Link to BBC Video about A O Show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02hydc9

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Shows by city

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A O Show

A vivid portrait of Vietnam in urbanization time, painted with unique stage visuals and a touch of humor.

The name ‘A O’ derives from ‘Lang Pho’, which means ‘village and city’. The show depicts the charming beauty and cultural richness of Vietnamese life in the countryside, in contrast with the nation’s racing urbanization. The show is a unique mix of bamboo cirque, acrobatic acts, contemporary dance, and theatrical visual art. The live music echoes Vietnamese Southern work songs. All in all, this beautiful blend of genres creates a unique stage language, which well captures the essence of Vietnam’s fascinating culture.  

Lang Toi - My Village

The poetic beauty of Vietnamese village life, recreated using iconic bamboo, breathtaking cirque and exotic live music.

Lang Toi (My Village) is a delicate merge of tradition and innovation, where poetic beauty of Northern Vietnam’s village life is presented under new cirque approach. Farming, building activities, traditional games, lifestyle of Northern villagers are recreated by ancestral bamboo props, breath-taking cirque and acrobatics, rhythmic dance, to distinct folk music from more than 20 musical instruments. 

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Teh DarTeh Dar

Teh Dar

Embodiment of vigorous Vietnamese tribes culture thru cirque, dance, music from tribal instruments.

Teh Dar invites audience on a venture into the enchanting world of Vietnamese highlanders. Wild animal hunts, moonlit romance, jungle's tales of death and reincarnation, are all recreated with stunning bamboo cirque, daring acrobatics, and hypnotizing melody from exotic tribal instruments certified cultural heritage by UNESCO. Meaning ‘going in circle’ in the highland tribe K'ho's tongue, Teh Dar embrace and preserve beautiful and diverse Vietnamese tribal cultures. As the artists keep inspiring, the circle of tribal life keeps going, the cultures shall remain.  

The mist

The essence of Southern farmers’ life expressed in sensual contemporary dance language.

The Mist tells a story Southern Vietnamese farming life, expressed through neo-classic and contemporary dance by skilled artists. Using rice cultivation as a metaphor to appreciate farmers’ dedication, from their misty dawn on the fields, their hardship and will power to rise up from humble muddy soil, to brace storms, to the moment they arrive joyously like shining pearls at harvest. The Mist is an hour of emotions, with myriad ups and downs, painted by sensational live music, splendid visuals, and colorful lighting effects.

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