Folktales from Vietnam will be brought to life with live music inspired by traditional Vietnamese instruments as well as multi-sensory experiences such as the smell of incense, textures of Vietnamese objects and taste of Vietnamese foods to provide an immersive cultural experience that takes the audience to another world.
Trikhon will be taking a selection of 3 Vietnamese folktales to produce a series of free performances, each lasting 20 minutes. These performances will be held at Deptford Lounge, an arts venue with strong links to the local community. Each performance will be followed by an illustration workshop that will allow the audience to reflect on the story's themes and teachings in a creative way. The performances will be held in during the summer holidays, when parents are looking for educational and fun activities for their children. There will be audience of up to 30 children per performance, and a total of 3 performances.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Trikhon is dedicated to the local Deptford community and with Rice Paper Tales aims to promote cultural awareness at a young age and integration with Deptford's large Vietnamese community. Folktales provide a mirror into other cultures and, as they are traditional concerned with life's universal themes, also transcend their culture of origin to reveal the commonality of human experiences. The stories we're told in our childhood form our later attitudes and opinions; in an entertaining and educational manner, Trikhon aims to expose British children to an early awareness of another culture's experiences thereby encouraging an open mindset towards integration and diversity.
Deptford's large Vietnamese population is traditionally isolated from the arts and the wider community, through this project we also hope to encourage local Vietnamese families to engage with the arts and with community art spaces. This will further promote integration in the local area.
Steps to get it done:
Rice Paper Tales is part of a wider tour of performances Trikhon Theatre is doing for 2016, we have been commissioned by Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham and Birmingham Mac as well as SEA ArtsFest to do these performances in Birmingham and Central London.
However, Trikhon is a Deptford based company and has a strong heart for the local community. We have been doing a lot of work for the community over the past two years and intend to continue to do so for 2016. We are passionate about integration in the area and would really love to bring this unique selection of stories home to Deptford where it's culturally and demographically relevant. Although the local arts and music scene is very vibrant, we have noticed that local British Vietnamese work is lacking and would be beneficial to the area.
About the space
London Borough of Lewisham