Mintha Theater

Mintha Theater, Mandalay: Hours, Address, Mintha Theater Reviews: 5/5

Mintha Theater
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Universities & Schools • Theaters • Theatre & Performances
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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
About
PLEASE NOTE: OUR FOURTH SEASON 2019-2020 WILL END SUNDAY 15 MARCH. OUR 2020-2021 SEASON WILL START AT THE BEGINNING OF OCTOBER. *** Join us for our fourth season. Doors open 7:30 PM. “Magical, meaningful, local.” Shows 8:00-9:00 every night at the Inwa School of Performing Arts, where artists-in-training showcase traditional music and dance; a social enterprise for preserving Myanmar’s cultural heritage, where 100% of ticket proceeds provide scholarships to talented youth. Performances nightly at 8:00 PM. Doors open 7:30 PM. Call for directions, or book a GRAB or OWAY car from your hotel or after dinner.
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Baba
London, UK7 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was the best cultural exleriance in the 3 weeks we are traveling in Myanmar .
On top of it the concept of the school , sponsoring kids from all over Myanmar to study th arts is nobel .
Best way to see the old Burmese dance & music and to support the future of them .
Kida age is from 13 to 19 . All come from outside of Mandalay , Lodges and Schooled by sponsorship of the school .
I will come back in few years their outcoming .

Beautifull people .
Written January 12, 2020
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We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at the theater. You clearly understand the objectives of the program, which, which are ultimately to pass on the skill, lore and classical dances to future generations of young artists. Please follow us on Facebook and we’ll do our best to follow up on our students as they develop professionally.
Written January 12, 2020
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Paul & Edith
Tokyo, Japan10 contributions
Feb 2020
One of my favourite experiences in Myanmar was an unforgettable evening spent enjoying the colourful performances of cultural dance and music that tell the dramatic and funny traditional stories of Myanmar. The dances are performed in an atmospheric traditional style theatre. They are easy to understand, and aided by a very friendly host who briefly explains the dances in English prior to each performance. It was also an unexpected delight to see the 70 (?) year old dance master perform. The school provides an amazing opportunity by sponsoring children from rural areas to become professional dancers. It's wonderful to see young people learning traditional art forms. They have clearly trained hard and it's heart-warming to see genuine joy when they dance.
Written February 29, 2020
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We are so happy that you enjoyed our performance so much. We say this again and again, but visitor entertainment is our goal. We also want to educate and inform our audience about the beauty and unique nature of Classical Burmese arts. Please know that we also appreciate that you took the time to prepare this great review. Our Mintha Theater season ends in just under 2 weeks. We have a VERY busy March - September planned. Please follow us on Facebook for details.
Written March 2, 2020
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mm0306
Beijing, China4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The performance was excellent. Not only my trip to Myanmar, but my life was enriched by the show. Rich ancient traditions live in each movement of the dancers and communicate themselves to the audience in tandem with enchanting music and song. Highly recommended for anyone in Mandalay, your life will be better for it.
Written January 5, 2020
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Thank you for your terrific review. Many people in our audience consider their Inwa School performance to be a highlight of their time in Myanmar. To see it in writing like this is humbling. Many thanks. We will share this with our students for sure.
Written January 6, 2020
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Nashvillecleanfreak
Manila, Philippines114 contributions
Feb 2020
These students really have their art down...they seem to have been working for years, but at the most 2 years since that is the length of this program that is totally free (scholarships) for those who are accepted. 5 stars for them! But, the music was godawful loud. The sound would be more appropriate for a 1,500 seat theater rather than 12 people sitting less than 30 feet away from the speakers. And, there are several times when there was absolute screeching. Take ear plugs or hold your fingers in your ears...truly too loud. And, we're from Music City - Nashville, where concerts can get pretty loud.
Written February 23, 2020
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Thank you for your observations. Today we discussed music volume for school performances. We do agree that the volume should be pleasant for the audience, and we are upset that the music detracted from your enjoyment of the show. This will change starting this evening. Please reach out to us on our Facebook page so that we can thank you properly. We always want our visitors to enjoy their time with us. On a positive note, we are happy that you enjoyed the dance. The kids do work hard, and they enjoy the evening performances.
Written February 24, 2020
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Laura T
Manchester, UK65 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
We found this show on trip advisor and decided to go at the last minute and the show lasted one hour and involved local performing art students demonstrating around 10 styles of traditional Myanmar dance and incorporated comedy also .
We recommend any tourist in Mandalay to go and see this show the students are so talented and will end up famous dancers in the future!
Also this is a non profit organisation which means all proceeds go back into the school!
Truly a magical experience we will never forget
Written January 5, 2019
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We are so happy that you enjoyed the performances at the Mintha Theater of the Inwa School. Our students work very hard (academics and dance) so that they can spread their love and knowledge of classical arts and support their families and communities. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. Please follow us on Facebook, and feel free to contribute any photos you might have taken.
Written January 5, 2019
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Gari K
60 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
Excellent performance by students of this non-profit for performing arts. They have a show each night 8.30-9.30 pm and the tickets are 14000kyat (around $9 now), which is a symbolic support of a wonderful enterprise, providing boarding, food and education to dedicated kids willing to learn traditional Burmese dance, a dying art. We bought a ticket from our hotel, I guess they are widely available, just ask.
The kids are so sweet and you can take photos and talk to them after performance. They need all the support they can get and you will really enjoy the show. Do not miss.
Written December 17, 2018
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We are so happy that you enjoyed the program. We are just as happy that you stayed afterwards to chat with the students. Language skills are an important part of their overall educational development, so casual speaking time is extremely valuable. Please consider liking us on Facebook, and feel welcome to share your photos. Thank you for making the effort to write such a lovely review.
Written December 18, 2018
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Judy R
Palo Alto, CA15 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
We loved our evening at the Mintha theater, and fascinating and entertaining show featuring traditional dance, and traditional music of Myanmar. Some were dramatic and story-telling, some very funny, some very athletic. The venue is small and informal, and the musicians were very willing to chat about their instruments and demonstrate (fun for me because I'm a musician too)
One thing, the theater's address is correct on this tripadvisor page, but is pretty far away from the address listed in the most recent Lonely Planet (dated July 2014), so be advised and be prepared!
Written January 1, 2017
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Thank you for your detailed review, Judy! The orchestral part of the theater is called the 'saing waing.' There are many different components, and they create a sound that is truly unique to this country. As always, we'll pass along your praise to the kids and the instructors. Performers love to know that they have entertained.
Written January 2, 2017
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Camille & Romain
Mandalay, Myanmar6 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
That was our second night in Mandalay and we couldn't dream of a better thing to do. The show was great, explanations were concise but meaningful and everyone was just smiling. This is the kind of atmosphere you want for this kind of local activities, which allow old cultures to live on, by the way.

I can only recommand travelers (or anyone actually) to see one show. And don't hesitate to speak with the students and teachers afterwards, they're very lovely!
Written December 1, 2019
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The Inwa School has multiple objectives: We teach to preserve and promote classical Burmese dance as it has been taught for many generations; we provide our students with the skills to support themselves and their families as they assume more responsibilities; and we want to give them a solid academic background so that they can function in a changing world. Obviously we want them to be happy, healthy and secure. It is lovely that you picked up their happiness when you attended our program. That means a lot for all of us. Thank you for such a lovely review. Please consider following us on Facebook and Instagram to stay in touch.
Written December 2, 2019
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Lorine P
Toulouse, France4 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
This cultural dances are really great. It was really interesting to learn a little bit more of the local culture. It's inspiring !
Written January 5, 2019
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How wondering that you were inspired by your time at the Mintha Theater. Traditional Arts Culture here is vibrant, but seriously endangered. We want to entertain, but also educate and give Inwa School students a path forward. Please consider liking us on Facebook. We welcome your thoughts, criticisms, and of course, photos, any time.
Written January 5, 2019
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Siiri S
4 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
My friend and I had read some very good reviews about the theater so we decided to go and see the show.
When arriving at the place we got to see this cute half outside kind of stage that they had there. We got nice vibes and the students of the school were preparing themselves for the performance. I was very excited to see what they got.
The show ended up being lots of local music and dance as expected. It was interesting to see what the local dance and music was like and in what kind of athmosphere the students were studying and performing basically every day. To be honest I wasn’t personally extremely impressed because the show was a little bit groggy and the dancers lost their concentration many times and started giggling with each other which was a bit awkward.
Overall it was a fun experience and I think it was a valuable thing to put some money into. In my opinion it’s important to support local activities and education overall and I could recommend the teather for tourists who want to learn something different about Burmese culture.
Written February 24, 2018
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Thank you for taking the time to review us. First of all, everyone associated with our school would like to apologize for any lack of seriousness that took place on the evening you attended. We want our students to enjoy their craft, but that should not translate into a lackluster effort. The skills they develop during their time here translate into vocations to support themselves and their families. We encourage creativity and expression while they are with us, but not during what are choreographed, traditional performances. I don’t know if you are still in Mandalay, or have plans to return to Mandalay. We would like to invite you for a return performance now (Burmese school year ends in mid March) or in the future. Please feel free to contact me directly at tbergreen@gmail.com. The kids have been reprimanded, but in the sweetest way imaginable.
Written February 27, 2018
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  • Sun - Sat 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM