The spouse of Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Binti Wan Ismail, met with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s spouse, Le Thi Bich Tran, during Prime Minister Ibrahim’s two-day visit to Vietnam. As part of their visit, both spouses enjoyed water puppet performances at the Vietnam Contemporary Art Theater in Hanoi. The visit took place on July 20, 2023, and Prime Minister Ibrahim and his spouse arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. They were invited by their Vietnamese counterparts, Prime Minister Chinh and his spouse. During the visit, the spouses were introduced to the history of Vietnamese water puppetry and learned how to make puppets and perform with them. They also immersed themselves in Vietnam’s folk music played with traditional musical instruments. The Vietnamese water puppetry showcases daily life in the countryside and the Malaysian prime minister’s spouse was particularly impressed by performances of a dragon dance and a play where farmers chase a fox that tries to catch ducks. She expressed her hope for the preservation and maintenance of Vietnam’s unique traditional art form. The visit was covered by the Vietnam News Agency.

A representative of the Vietnam Contemporary Art Theater in Hanoi introduces water puppets and puppetry to the spouses of the Vietnamese and Malaysian prime ministers. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s spouse Le Thi Bich Tran (right, 2nd), and the Malaysian prime minister’s spouse Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Azizah binti Dr. Wan Ismail (right, 3rd) enjoy a water puppet show at the Vietnam Contemporary Art Theater in Hanoi on July 20, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

A water puppet matinee. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

A water puppet performance staged at the Vietnam Contemporary Art Theater in Hanoi. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

The Malaysian prime minister’s spouse Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Azizah binti Dr. Wan Ismail writes on a book at the Vietnam Contemporary Art Theater in Hanoi. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

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