In an episode about travelling in Ho Chi Minh City, NHK chose a female performer of A O Show, and had her introducing to Japanese viewers Saigon's lifestyle and things to do as a local. The episode was aired in March 2015 on NHK BS Premium.

Sometimes in November 2014, Junko Iizuka, Executive Producer of NHK Enterprises, Inc. was in search of an young Vietnamese talent that can represent Vietnam's youth, to introduce culture and lifestyle here to Japanese viewers. The series was called 'Journey to Heaven on Earth', aired on NHK BS Premium channel. Among all the choices she had from a fashion designer to a movie actor, she chose Nguyen Thi An, female performer of “A O Show”. She saw An's talent on stage, and was even more fascinated to find out about her contortion and circus career before A O Show. Junko believed that An would bring a fresh different perspective to her viewers.

 An in one of A O Show's scene

Nguyen Thi An, one of our beloved performers, started her circus education when she was 11 in Hanoi. She is specialized in contortion. Audiences can spot her in A O Show easily with her role of being a grab in one of the scenes. The documentary also discovered another talent of her, which was making fabric flowers.

This 30-minute episode of NHK focused on travel in Ho Chi Minh City, had An introducing places to buy Ao Dai (female Vietnamese traditional dress) on Pasteur Street, shops in Ben Thanh Market for souvenirs shopping. She also showed Japanese viewers the morning activities of Vietnamese people in the park, for example doing exercises, sipping coffee while enjoying bird singing in Tao Dan Park's bird club. The program also had her and three other A O performers taking viewers to Vung Tau beach and Bach Dinh White Palace.

The view of Saigon today opens for the documentary

An was practicing with her team 

An was trying on one of the Ao Dai at a shop

An was making her fabric lotus flowers

The three pretty performers on the side of the Saigon Opera House

This episode was aired on 29th March 2015 on NHK BS Premium, and it is not available online. Therefore, unfortunately we cannot show audiences this episode. Lune Production team however thanks and feels grateful to NHK and Junko Iizuka for your introducing Saigon and our performers to Japanese audiences.

Lune Production Team.


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A O ShowA O Show

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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