ARTIST TOUR #3| A conversation about the Classical Chèo

[ARTIST TOUR #3]  A conversation about the Classical Chèo

Dom Dom cordially invites you to attend Artist Tour & Talk #3: a conversation about Chèo cổ with NSND Doan Thanh Binh, NSUT Le Xuan Dieu, and experimental musician Nguyen Xuan Son (Son X), rare artists who still hold the quintessential values of Chèo.

  • Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm on September 29th, 2020 (Tuesday)
  • Venue: 3rd Floor, Erato School, 30 Doan Thi Diem
  • The program is open to the public.


If Japan has Kabuki, Noh, China has Jingju, Indonesia has Wayang, then Vietnam has Chèo, the most typical and oldest form of performance of the Vietnamese people. “Eating until full, then lying down, Listen to the drum call Chèo with a full stomach to watch Not interested in eating, not even in nem, Craving both fullness and watching Chèo”. Chèo was once a spiritual dish in the past, closely associated with the daily life and activities of the Vietnamese people, through many changes, ups, and downs of history. Although, due to the changes in history, cultural fragmentation, and the current noisy and consumerist environment, the heartbeat of Chèo has become weaker. But Chèo is still flowing. Note: To enhance the quality of the conversation, before attending the talk, Dom Dom encourages the audience to come and see the Trinh Nguyen Chèo performance at the Vietnam Chèo Theater.

  • Time: 8:00 pm on September 28th, 2020 (Monday)
  • Venue: 71 Kim Ma, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
  • Information about the performance is available HERE.

• NSND Doan Thanh Binh, one of the very rare and most outstanding voices of Chèo singing, is also the one who holds the largest number of Chèo songs today.
• NSUT Le Xuan Dieu, an outstanding student of the legendary traditional music masters Tran Kinh and Hoang Hiep Tac… can play many different musical instruments proficiently and is one of the most talented artists of his generation.
• Musician Nguyen Xuan Son (Son X), can be said to be the only experimental musician with a foundation in traditional music. And it is precisely because of his profound understanding of traditional art and native culture in general that his works always have a very unique color.


The story of “Vở chèo cổ Trinh Nguyên” is about a woman named “Trinh Nguyên” – a talented and virtuous woman who unfortunately became a widow at a young age, with her mother and children left behind. Blessed with the talent of weaving silk by the heavens, she worked hard to support her two children – one biological and one stepson who was studying. Unfortunately, the two obedient and gentle children were suddenly accused of murder and sentenced to death. What will happen to Trinh Nguyen’s life, and will the two children be able to prove their innocence to save their lives? The 120-minute play will lead the audience through a range of emotions from happiness, anger, love and sorrow, and most importantly, it will deliver a valuable lesson on human emotions, maternal love, brotherhood, and it will provide a valuable lesson for each of us in today’s society. (Source: Vietnam Cheo Theatre)

This program is part of the #Hinhcuanhac2020 project, sponsored by FAMLAB and the British Council Vietnam.

  • Media partner: Co Dong Page and Hanoi Grapevine
  • Venue sponsor: Erato School of Music & Performing Arts Hanoi
  • Cover art: @Phuong Duc
  • Graphic design: Nguyen Quoc Hoang Anh
  • For more information, please contact: Pham Ut Quyen Program Coordinator Phone: +84 949105970 Email: