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Thân chu (incantation) Viet Nam: Court Theatre Music: Hat-Bôi

The traditional court theater of Vietnam is called hat bôi (hat: theater; bôi: masked or painted face). Although hat bôi bears a superficial resemblance to Chinese theater, the instrumentals and vocals are distinctly Vietnamese. This musical theater genre began in the early 14th century, reaching a peak in popularity in the 19th century. In the mid-20th century it all but vanished due to the rise of modern theatrical styles; however, the reunification of Vietnam in 1975 has resulted in further study and interest in the preservation of the tradition by educators and musicians.

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