At our theatre in Mandalay, we usually perform the following as a regular show;

Part (1) : Introduction of the Myanmar Traditional Dance and Music

Part (2) : Introduction of the Myanmar String Puppetry

Regular Show : everyday from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Entrance Fee : MMK 15000 per person
Duration : One Hour

 

PROGRAM INTRODUCTION

Part(1) Introduction of the Myanmar Traditional Dance and Music


1. Musical Prelude

Myanmar Orchestra, “Mandalay Yoke-Soun-Thabin Band”, play this musical preldude with the talent of each section player.

2. Traditional Harp (Saung)

It has sixteen strings and is made in the form of a boat. The boat-shape hollow base or body of the harp is made of the finest padauk (pterocarpus) wood, the neck is made of acia catechu wood, and the drum of deerskin.
It is played by plucking with the fingers.

3. Solo dance of a young girl

Part (2) The Puppetry of Myanmar a dying art


1. Votaress

A typical traditional puppet show begins with three beats on the gong and cymbal and starts with a Ritual Dance, performed by a medium, who pays respect to the guardian spirits (The Nats or good spirits) of the area by offering coconut and bananas.

2. Himalayan Scene

Hinalayan Range is the habit of many animals and demons, finally “the Zaw-Gyi (or) the Alchemist.” The first to appear is the horse. According to the Buddhist concept of the Universe, the first constellation to appear on the sky is the galaxy of stars shaped liked a horse’s head.

3. Alchemist (Zaw-Gyi)

According to popular belief Zaw-Gyi is a demigod clad in red, full of vigour, who lives in the forest. He always carries a magic stick. He has a friendly face, which also expresses his philosophical mind. As he is an Alchemist, he grinds medical plants with his magic stick on a stone slab. When he achieves success, he dances about and does a lot of acrobatics and he even sits on his magic stick. He is puppet character who is capable of flying through the air and boring through the earth.

4.Royal Page Boy’s Dance

This character was the symbol of “The visit Myanmar Year 1996”. Pageboys served as general errand boys in the palace and were most useful in carrying message. One of their duties was to run ahead of royal processions, to make sure all was in Oder and to point out the seating plan of the nobles.

5. The highlight of the Ramayana story, "Chosing Deer"

King Demon, Ravan or Dasagiri, would make a trick to get Sita (Me Thida), with the help of his sister, Gambi, transforming herself into a deer.
While Emeral Prince Rama, Golden Prince Lakhana and the Princess Sita are enjoying themselves in the forest, the deer Gambi approches. Sensing a clever trick, Rama confides in his brother Lakhana to protect Sita in his absence. Then he chases after the deer.

6.Comical Dance

Leading directly from the Pageboy, two popular rural villagers, and old bachelor and an old spinster perform a humorous romance dance.

7. The Competitive Dance (Human being and Puppet)

“Anything you can do I can do better.” “Yoke Thay”, once a highly esteemed royal past time, is a show not merely of stringed wooden dolls but of like human substitutes. They could make human dancers so environs of their superceding artistry that there has emerged a form of marionette dance imitatively created by human beings themselves.

8. The Prince and Princess

Love duet is the most beautiful and sentimental performance. This is the climax of the puppet show. The best puppetrees are always selected to perform this magnificent and artistic dance.
The Prince, back from this studies, bring his love one to the palace to present her to his parents. Two clowns, who make jokes, accompany them to entertain when they are tired.


Terms and Conditions

(1) Regular Show at 8:00 To 9:00 P.M. ( Half price for the children under 10 and free of charge for under 5 ) MMK 15,000
per person
(2) For a local people MMK 5,000
(3) Coconut Rice Dinner with Mandalay special dessert.(To make reservation 3 days ahead) MMK 7,000
(4) Pick-up (go and back) MMK 5,000
(5) Regular Show + Coconut Rice Dinner MMK 22,000
(6) Regular Show + Pick-up MMK 20,000
(7) Regular Show + Pick-up + Dinner MMK 27,000
(8) Special Show at a special requested time.
(It must be 15 persons and if not, ticket fee is to be paid for 15 persons. And to make reservation 3 days ahead.)
MMK 20,000
per person
(9) Human Dance Show at 6.:00 P.M To 7:00 P.M.
(It must be 15 persons and if not, ticket fee is to be paid for 15 persons. And to make reservation 3 days ahead.)
MMK 25,000
per person
(10) Puppet Making & Manipulation Workshop for one and half hour. ( 10 to 15 pax )
( To make reservation one week ahead)
MMK 150,000
(11) Puppet Manipulation Workshop (Basic) for
  • One hour
MMK 15,000
per person
  • One day
MMK 50,000
per person
(12) Myanmar Dance Training (Basic) for one hour MMK 150,000
per person
(13) Xylophone Playing Training for one hour (Basic) MMK 150,000
per person
(14) Harp Playing Training for one hour (Basic) MMK 150,000
per person