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City theatres make tours to Hà Nội, central provinces

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SOUTHERN THEATRE: Actors of HCM City’s Đại Việt Theatre perform in a new version of the famous ‘cải lương’ (reformed opera) play ‘Nàng Xê Đa’ (Sita), depicting love and jealousy. – Photo courtesy of the theatre

By Thu Anh 

Traditional art troupes in HCM City will make tours to offer a taste of southern theatre for audiences in Hà Nội and central provinces this month. 

The private art troupe Đại Việt will stage Nàng Xê Đa (Sita), a cải lương (reformed opera) play by talented director Hoa Hạ. 

The play, adapted from the ancient India epic poem Ramayanna, depicts the love between Sita and her husband, who destroys his love and marriage with his extreme jealousy. 

Meritorious artist and cải lương star Phượng Loan and her younger colleagues Võ Minh Lâm and Phương Cẩm Ngọc will play lead roles. 

Nàng Xê Đa was written for chèo (traditional opera), a form of Vietnamese theatre in the North, by the late scriptwriter Lưu Quang Vũ. The play became a phenomenon in the industry after its release in Hà Nội in 1982. 

In 1984, Nàng Xê Đa was first staged in a cải lương (reformed opera) version in HCM City. The play had 1,800 performances in the city and southern provinces. 

In the new version staged by actors of Đại Việt, Nàng Xê Đa introduces cải lương in both old and new styles. 

“Our actors will offer true cải lương, a traditional genre of southern theatre which began in the early 1920s in the Mekong Delta region, with modern techniques of performance,” said the play’s director Hạ, who has 25 years of experience in the industry.  

Hạ gathered more than 40 actors to play in her show, including young talents because she wanted to “refresh the play”.

“We will introduce the art of cải lương closer to capital Hà Nội’s audiences,” she said in an interview with Người Lao Động (Labourer) newspaper before the premiere scheduled for September 26 in the city’s Opera House. 

“We hope audiences in Hà Nội will learn more about the South’s history and culture through cải lương,” she added. 

ON TOUR: The private Huỳnh Long Tuồng Troupe offers shows of ‘tuồng’ (classical drama), a Vietnamese traditional theatre genre that originated in the 12th century, in Đà Nẵng City.. Photo courtesy of the theatre

The Huỳnh Long Tuồng Troupe will offer shows of tuồng or hát bội (classical drama), a Vietnamese traditional theatre genre that originated in the 12th century, in Đà Nẵng City.

A series of famous classics featuring historical events written by late veteran artist Bạch Mai, the troupe’s founder, will be restaged in new versions. 

Mai played a key role in the development of Vietnamese theatre as she wrote, directed and performed in 60 plays in tuồng and cải lương

Her plays highlight patriotism and loyalty. 

Mai established the Huỳnh Long Tuồng Troupe in 2017. Her troupe is now managed by her daughter, actress Bình Tinh, who has 20 years working in the art. 

Tinh and her actors will stage Ngô Quyền và Chiến Thắng Bạch Đằng Giang (General Ngô Quyền and the Victorious Bạch Đằng River Battle) in Đà Nẵng in late September, after performing 11 shows in Quảng Nam Province last month.

The play features the victorious battle, launched by Vietnamese Gen Ngô Quyền’s troops on the Bạch Đằng River in 938 against the Chinese invaders under the Southern Han dynasty.

Quyền’s troops planted iron-headed wooden stakes, invisible during high tides, into the river bed. After Quyền launched a counter-attack at low tide, the enemy’s large boats were wrecked as they were pierced by the stakes.

The victory of Bạch Đằng ended 1,000 years of Chinese domination, opening a period of Việt Nam’s independence and sovereignty. 

“For our tour to central provinces, we are working to add modern styles to tuồng to meet the taste of young audiences,” said Tinh. 

Tinh will use 30 actors for her troupe’s tour in Đà Nẵng. The artists planned to travel to offer their art to people living in rural areas. — VNS

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Brazil great Pele not under palliative care, daughter says

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Brazil great Pele has not been moved to palliative care, one of his daughters said on Sunday, downplaying reports that he was in end-of-life care after the 82-year-old was hospitalized last week to re-evaluate his treatment as he battles colon cancer.

One of the greatest footballers of all time, Pele had a tumour removed from his colon in September 2021 and has been receiving hospital care on a regular basis.

Newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported on Saturday that he was under palliative care after chemotherapy stopped having the expected results.

Pele’s doctors have not confirmed that information and his daughter, Flavia Nascimento, said the report was wide of the mark.

“It’s pretty unfair people saying that he is in terminal condition, that he is under palliative care. Believe us: that’s not it,” she said in an interview with Globo TV.

Flavia said that from time to time they adjust medication as there was no complete remission of his colon cancer.

The latest report from medical staff at Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital, released Saturday afternoon, said Pele was in stable condition and had also responded well to treatment for a respiratory infection diagnosed after his hospitalization.

Another one of Pele’s daughters, Kely, added in the interview that he had COVID-19 some three weeks ago, which led to the respiratory infection.

“He is sick, he is old, but at the moment he is being treated for a respiratory infection and when he gets better he will be back home,” Kely said. “He is not saying goodbye in a hospital right now”.

Pele played for Brazil and club sides Santos and New York Cosmos as a striker. He won the World Cup three times – in 1958, 1962 and 1970 – a feat no other player has achieved.

Santos fans gathered outside the hospital to hold a vigil on Sunday.

“We are emanating positive energies to our king, for everything he has done for soccer globally and everything he has done for Santos,” said Jeferson Silvano, the head of a supporters group.

Brazil great Pele has not been moved to palliative care, one of his daughters said on Sunday, downplaying reports that he was in end-of-life care after the 82-year-old was hospitalized last week to re-evaluate his treatment as he battles colon cancer.

One of the greatest footballers of all time, Pele had a tumour removed from his colon in September 2021 and has been receiving hospital care on a regular basis.

Newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported on Saturday that he was under palliative care after chemotherapy stopped having the expected results.

Pele’s doctors have not confirmed that information and his daughter, Flavia Nascimento, said the report was wide of the mark.

“It’s pretty unfair people saying that he is in terminal condition, that he is under palliative care. Believe us: that’s not it,” she said in an interview with Globo TV.

Flavia said that from time to time they adjust medication as there was no complete remission of his colon cancer.

The latest report from medical staff at Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital, released Saturday afternoon, said Pele was in stable condition and had also responded well to treatment for a respiratory infection diagnosed after his hospitalization.

Another one of Pele’s daughters, Kely, added in the interview that he had COVID-19 some three weeks ago, which led to the respiratory infection.

“He is sick, he is old, but at the moment he is being treated for a respiratory infection and when he gets better he will be back home,” Kely said. “He is not saying goodbye in a hospital right now”.

Pele played for Brazil and club sides Santos and New York Cosmos as a striker. He won the World Cup three times – in 1958, 1962 and 1970 – a feat no other player has achieved.

Santos fans gathered outside the hospital to hold a vigil on Sunday.

“We are emanating positive energies to our king, for everything he has done for soccer globally and everything he has done for Santos,” said Jeferson Silvano, the head of a supporters group.

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/sports/20221205/brazil-great-pele-not-under-palliative-care-daughter-says/70347.html

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France beat Poland to reach World Cup quarter-finals

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DOHA — France beat Poland 3-1 in a record-smashing World Cup last-16 clash on Sunday that saw Olivier Giroud become France’s outright all-time top scorer and Kylian Mbappe score a magnificent double.

France were relentless on the attack as they pushed for an opening goal but could not unlock a sturdy Poland until just before the break when Mbappe played a pin-point ball through to Giroud, who hammered it past a diving Wojciech Szczesny to claim his 52nd goal for Les Bleus.

Holders France continued to press after the break, with Giroud almost netting a second when he flicked Jules Kounde’s cross just past the near post. But Mbappe did not miss in the 74th minute, unleashing a missile from just inside the penalty area that shot into the top corner.

Mbappe was not done, adding a second goal in stoppage time with another screamer to seal the win and take his total for the tournament to five.

Poland got a consolation goal from a Robert Lewandowski penalty.

France will next face the winners of the England versus Senegal game, being played later on Sunday.

DOHA — France beat Poland 3-1 in a record-smashing World Cup last-16 clash on Sunday that saw Olivier Giroud become France’s outright all-time top scorer and Kylian Mbappe score a magnificent double.

France were relentless on the attack as they pushed for an opening goal but could not unlock a sturdy Poland until just before the break when Mbappe played a pin-point ball through to Giroud, who hammered it past a diving Wojciech Szczesny to claim his 52nd goal for Les Bleus.

Holders France continued to press after the break, with Giroud almost netting a second when he flicked Jules Kounde’s cross just past the near post. But Mbappe did not miss in the 74th minute, unleashing a missile from just inside the penalty area that shot into the top corner.

Mbappe was not done, adding a second goal in stoppage time with another screamer to seal the win and take his total for the tournament to five.

Poland got a consolation goal from a Robert Lewandowski penalty.

France will next face the winners of the England versus Senegal game, being played later on Sunday.

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/sports/20221205/france-beat-poland-to-reach-world-cup-quarterfinals/70338.html

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‘Ruthless’ England surge past Senegal 3-0 to set up France quarter-final

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AL KHOR, Qatar — Clinical England overcame a pedestrian start to surge to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Senegal on Sunday as high-quality goals by Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka swept them into a mouth-watering World Cup quarter-final clash with France.

England took a long time to impose themselves on the African champions, a team they had never faced before, and survived a couple of scares before two goals late in the first half changed the feel of the night and it was no contest after the break.

The impressive victory extended their all-time unbeaten run against African teams to 21 games, including eight in World Cups. Morocco, who face Spain on Tuesday, are now the only African team left in the tournament.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring their first goal with Bukayo Saka. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring their first goal with Bukayo Saka. Photo: Reuters

“The ruthlessness of the performance was excellent,” said manager Gareth Southgate. “Every match you play is a different sort of challenge and different tactical problem to resolve. We’ve stepped up and are answering those questions.

“The quality of the moves was outstanding and the finishing was ruthless.”

It was always going to be a stiff challenge for Senegal in the absence of the suspended Idrissa Gueye and injured fellow midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Harry Kane scores their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Harry Kane scores their second goal. Photo: Reuters

With Sadio Mane missing the tournament through injury the Africans also lacked a cutting edge to trouble an England defence that kept a third successive World Cup clean sheet for the first time in 20 years.

They were very much in the game though for much of the first half as England were slow and static and a series of misplaced passes gifted Senegal chances.

The best of them fell to Boulaye Dia and only the strong left arm of keeper Jordan Pickford prevented the Africans taking the lead.

Quick break

England finally injected some pace after 38 minutes, breaking down the left through Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham, who crossed for the late-arriving Henderson to stroke home the opener.

Kane’s goal drought at this tournament then came to an end in emphatic style in first-half stoppage time.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Bellingham again drove from his own box and fed Foden, who rolled the ball into the path of the captain to smash in an unstoppable shot and become England’s eighth scorer in Qatar.

It also took Kane to within one goal of Wayne Rooney’s national record of 53.

The goals knocked the stuffing out of Senegal and with England looking full of confidence after the break it no longer felt like a contest.

Saka, recalled by Southgate in his only change from the group stage win over Wales, cleverly lifted in the third after 57 minutes following a penetrating run and low cross by Foden.

It was England’s 12th goal of the tournament, the most by any team in Qatar and a tally that matches their all-time record set four years ago when they went all the way to the semi-finals.

From then on England were able to go through the motions and keep out of trouble as they have yet to receive a yellow card and seem to have avoided any major injuries going into the France showdown.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Jordan Henderson. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Jordan Henderson. Photo: Reuters

Their only setback seems to be the absence of forward Raheem Sterling, who was not available for selection on Sunday for what the FA said was a family issue.

They know they will be unlikely to get away with a similarly slow start next Saturday against a French team who dispatched Poland 3-1 earlier on Sunday, but the holders will also be aware that their old rivals have the weapons to do real damage.

“We all want to play in the biggest games and no better game than playing France,” said Foden, who had a hand in all three goals. “On our best game we can create chances and score. We’re looking forward to what’s going to be a big challenge.”

Man of the match Kane was also a happy man. “We’ve shown great maturity through the tournament … 3-0 here against a really good side,” he said.

“We feel good, we’ve got good players getting forward and we’re solid at the back. A really good day for us.”

AL KHOR, Qatar — Clinical England overcame a pedestrian start to surge to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Senegal on Sunday as high-quality goals by Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka swept them into a mouth-watering World Cup quarter-final clash with France.

England took a long time to impose themselves on the African champions, a team they had never faced before, and survived a couple of scares before two goals late in the first half changed the feel of the night and it was no contest after the break.

The impressive victory extended their all-time unbeaten run against African teams to 21 games, including eight in World Cups. Morocco, who face Spain on Tuesday, are now the only African team left in the tournament.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring their first goal with Bukayo Saka. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring their first goal with Bukayo Saka. Photo: Reuters

“The ruthlessness of the performance was excellent,” said manager Gareth Southgate. “Every match you play is a different sort of challenge and different tactical problem to resolve. We’ve stepped up and are answering those questions.

“The quality of the moves was outstanding and the finishing was ruthless.”

It was always going to be a stiff challenge for Senegal in the absence of the suspended Idrissa Gueye and injured fellow midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Harry Kane scores their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Harry Kane scores their second goal. Photo: Reuters

With Sadio Mane missing the tournament through injury the Africans also lacked a cutting edge to trouble an England defence that kept a third successive World Cup clean sheet for the first time in 20 years.

They were very much in the game though for much of the first half as England were slow and static and a series of misplaced passes gifted Senegal chances.

The best of them fell to Boulaye Dia and only the strong left arm of keeper Jordan Pickford prevented the Africans taking the lead.

Quick break

England finally injected some pace after 38 minutes, breaking down the left through Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham, who crossed for the late-arriving Henderson to stroke home the opener.

Kane’s goal drought at this tournament then came to an end in emphatic style in first-half stoppage time.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Bellingham again drove from his own box and fed Foden, who rolled the ball into the path of the captain to smash in an unstoppable shot and become England’s eighth scorer in Qatar.

It also took Kane to within one goal of Wayne Rooney’s national record of 53.

The goals knocked the stuffing out of Senegal and with England looking full of confidence after the break it no longer felt like a contest.

Saka, recalled by Southgate in his only change from the group stage win over Wales, cleverly lifted in the third after 57 minutes following a penetrating run and low cross by Foden.

It was England’s 12th goal of the tournament, the most by any team in Qatar and a tally that matches their all-time record set four years ago when they went all the way to the semi-finals.

From then on England were able to go through the motions and keep out of trouble as they have yet to receive a yellow card and seem to have avoided any major injuries going into the France showdown.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Jordan Henderson. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Jordan Henderson. Photo: Reuters

Their only setback seems to be the absence of forward Raheem Sterling, who was not available for selection on Sunday for what the FA said was a family issue.

They know they will be unlikely to get away with a similarly slow start next Saturday against a French team who dispatched Poland 3-1 earlier on Sunday, but the holders will also be aware that their old rivals have the weapons to do real damage.

“We all want to play in the biggest games and no better game than playing France,” said Foden, who had a hand in all three goals. “On our best game we can create chances and score. We’re looking forward to what’s going to be a big challenge.”

Man of the match Kane was also a happy man. “We’ve shown great maturity through the tournament … 3-0 here against a really good side,” he said.

“We feel good, we’ve got good players getting forward and we’re solid at the back. A really good day for us.”

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/sports/20221205/ruthless-england-surge-past-senegal-30-to-set-up-france-quarterfinal/70337.html

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