“Cheo” is a form of generally satirical musical theatre, often encompassing dance, traditionally performed by Vietnamese peasants in northern Vietnam. It is usually performed outdoors by semi-amateur touring groups, stereotypically in a village square or the courtyard of a public building, although it is today increasingly also performed indoors and by professional performers. “Cheo” stage art is one of the great cultural heritage of the Vietnamese folk treasure.
“Cheo” belongs to the genre of drama, with ancillary music including rhythmical music, evocative music, background music, and dance music. Hat cheo’s is the stage singing, it can be sung by one person or many people on chorus.
This art requires the performers to practise very hard. To perform its movements, the actors and actresses must use the whole body, from the fingers and elbows to all the muscles. Before a show of Hat Cheo, it takes about two-hour for actors and actresses to carefully make-up and dressing themselves.