Mar 26 2013

A O Show, Saigon

Published by at 12:27 am under Sightseeing & activities

Vietnamese “cultural” shows, whether a traditional water puppet show or a song and dance performance, can sometimes be disappointing. However, the A O Show Saigon offers something new and completely different — it’s worth checking out.

You know it's a show day when you see the A O basket in front of the Opera House.

You know it’s a show day when you see the A O Show basket in front of the Opera House.

The A O Show Saigon is an interesting mix of the new and the old, combining elements of Vietnamese music, dance and Cirque du Soleil. Developed in 2009, and performed across Europe, the show currently calls the 500-seat Sagion Opera House, or Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh if you’re more proper, home. The show lasts only a little over an hour, but during that time the performers will amaze you with a variety of feats ranging from travelling across the stage in human-sized baskets to making bamboo/human bridges over which baskets and people are delivered across the stage.

You can't take pictures of the show so take pictures of the seats.

You can’t take pictures of the show so take pictures of the seats.

You’ll never be quite sure what’s going to happen next. One minute, somebody is flying around the stage using only ribbons from the ceiling and their own brute strength, the next they’ve formed a breakdance circle and are using a BMX bike to jump over performers laying on the ground.

Accompanying the highly entertaining show and highly flexible – seriously, some of these people can bend their bodies in ways that could start an exorcism – performers, excellent live music is played. All in all, the show at times will leave you in awe of what you’re seeing, a rare thing compared to other more typical performances.

Magic flowers!

Magic flowers!

For such a unique show, ticket prices are quite affordable, currently  starting at 650,000 VND. Show dates are somewhat stable, playing daily at 18:00 Tuesday through Friday, but these may change. Call or visit the Saigon Tourist shop on Nguyen Hue or Le Thanh Ton to check and book tickets.

Show up a little before the show begins and take the opportunity to explore the Opera House itself, as no tours of the building currently exist. The A O crew also sells a sampler of Vietnamese fruit and coconut to keep you going.

A O Show Saigon
7 Lam Son Square, District 1
T: (08) 6281 6893

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4 Responses to “A O Show, Saigon”

  1. Paul Roweon 01 Apr 2013 at 4:58 am

    I have seen ads for AO round town, but they aren’t very compelling. So I’m glad I stumbled on your article. I will make sure to catch a show next time I’m in Sai Gon.

    I live in Vung Tau and I have written a book about Vung Tau/Viet Nam which your readers may be interested in.

    “My Viet Nam Stories:coming to grips with living in this exotic country” is for tourists (anyone actually) who wants to know a little more about Viet Nam, but doesn’t want to slog through an academic book.

    Your readers can go to the above website to find out more about my book.

    Keep spreading the good word about Viet Nam Max.


    paul rowe

  2. Melanieon 08 Apr 2013 at 7:57 am

    Went to see the AO Show last night: terrific stuff! Thoroughly enjoyable. The choreography is imaginative and lightly humorous, and the agility and grace of the performers is impressive. Makes me want to buy a basket.

  3. Careyon 09 Apr 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Saw this show when during my visit to Vietnam on 6 Apr, 2013 and it was the highlight of my entire trip! Brilliant show. Energety and vive + humour + tranquil moments. You will have a whole new appreciation of the young generation of Vietnam after seeing this show. You will also come to think about what is the best way of presenting and promoting a culture. I hope you will tour around and be seen by the world. Remember to come to Beijing!
    If anyone could point out AO show’s facebook page to me, it would be great. I wanted to “like” it but lost the little piece of paper with the address. Thx!

  4. weeon 19 Apr 2013 at 4:15 pm

    here you go

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