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“Very enjoyable and entertaining, a cultural high spot”
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Royal Theatre
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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“Very enjoyable and entertaining, a cultural high spot”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

We attended a performance here by the Royal Ballet of traditional classical Lao dance and music. The show lasted about an hour, between 6 and 7, so was convenient for going on to dinner afterwards, but did not seem too short as it was so full of action, rich costumes, and continuous music. I am a world music enthusiast so this for me was a cultural high spot of our memorable four days in Luang Prabang. The main presentation was an episode from a Buddhist / Hindu myth, of which a different section is performed each evening, with in addition an opening welcome dance, typically featuring girls well trained in beguiling body and hand movements, and followed by a number of pieces including the really amusing monkey dance. I was pleased to buy some CDs of Lao classical music here which were cheaper than anywhere else in Laos.

Visited February 2014
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“Short but good”
Reviewed February 14, 2014

The performance of stylized dance was enhanced by beautiful costumes. The length, however, was barely 50 minutes vs. The 2 hours or 75 minutes noted by other reviewers.

Visited February 2014
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Ottawa,Canada
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“Nice show, but I have seen better”
Reviewed January 29, 2014

We went there one nigh, along with about 20 other tourists, to see the show of dance and music. It was interesting and made for an enjoyable early evening (from 6pm to 7h15pm) before dinner. The performers were good but it is difficult for a Westener to appreciate this type of shows.

Visited January 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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“A delightful escape into another world”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

In a theatre within the compound of the Royal Palace Museum, you can attend this brilliant traditional art performance.
It starts with a certain number of dances, followed by a multi-episode drama. It is an explosion of colourful costumes, delicate gestures, soothing music played by a band with traditional instruments, lasting over 2 hours. The theatrical drama is without words, but you can very well follow the performance with the actors’ gestures and body expression, a story of prince, princess, good spirit and bad spirit.
At the end, the entire theatre company comes on stage for a beautiful pose, allowing everybody to take all the pictures we want. So please, don’t do the nonsense of certain tourists who watched the entire show through their camera while filming it on video!
This performance is presented at 18:00, only on certain days of the week. We bought tickets for large armchairs among the front rows, costing 250000 Kip (32USD), worth every penny. Cheaper classes of seats are available. The only weakness is the lack of air conditioning inside the theatre.

Visited November 2013
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