Livestream: Chim Lạc (Lost Bird)

This opportunity is recommended for high school and middle school students.

When

This performance can be viewed anytime.

About the Show

When Liên (Monique Bạch Hạc Nguyen) suddenly dies, her granddaughter Thi (Lady Midnight) is confronted with the shame of never fully knowing her, due to their language barrier. But Thi is given a second chance when a magical bird transports her back in time to Bến Tre, Viet Nam, where her grandma grew up.

This modern shadow puppet opera was written by Oanh Vu and was brought to life by the music of Charlie McCarron, the puppetry of Andrew Young and Oanh Vu, and puppeteers liping vong and Ty Chapman.

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Themes

  • How might this story feel different with shadow puppetry and music, rather than animation or live action?
  • This imaginative story is about a real thing: the ways that younger and older generations can feel disconnected. In this case there is a language barrier, but in other cases it might be belief systems, physical distance, technological barriers, etc. How can we try to bridge these gaps while we still have the chance?

Children should be 11 years of age or older to view this performance. 

This opportunity is made publicly available courtesy of MN Opera.