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Vietnamese Puppet Theater

Du 22 au 26 November 2017

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01 40 03 75 75 Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to 7.30pm

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At information and ticket office folly 7 days a week from 10.30am to 7.30pm


Full Price 20€
Reduced rate* 15€
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Youth Card* 12€
Under 12 years old / Young Subscribers 8€

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Pour les moins de 26 ans


Access Porte de la Villette :
Metro : Line 7
Bus : Line 139, 150, 152
Tram : Ligne T3b
Car Park "Cité des Sciences" (PML please call 01 40 03 75 75)


From November 22nd to 26th
Wednesday to Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 4pm and 8pm
Sundays at 4pm

Duration: 1h15

The Water Puppet tradition originated from Vietnam to recount the lives of Vietnamese farmers, festival events such as buffalo fights or historical legends! Come hear the folktales that have been told through generations and see lion dogs romp like puppies while dragons exhale smoke and shoot sprays of water at you! → in collaboration with la Maison des Cultures du Monde, as part of Festival de l’Imaginaire


This unique art first appeared around the 15th century, when artists who were also farmers would gather to perform and relax after harvest. In ancient Asia, rural Vietnamese believed that spirits controlled all aspects of their lives, from the kitchen to the rice paddies. That is the reason why the farmers in this region devised a form of entertainment and worship to satisfy those spirits. Water puppetry is hence the lively creation of farmers who spent their days in flooded rice fields.
Along with singing, the use of traditional musical instruments like drums, wooden bells, cymbals, horns, two-string Chinese violins and flutes create a style of water puppetry. Musicians and puppets interact during the performance; the musicians may warn a puppet in danger or support another in need.