A Little Broadway in Burma

The Pokkoko Zat Pwe troupe in Myanmar perform all-night theatre shows throughout the country. This visual story followed them from set up to their initial show, which started at 7 in the evening and lasted till 4 in the morning. They combine melodrama, traditional dance, and even pop music, along with chorus line singing and dancing. These special theatrical performances often take place in temporary bamboo theaters at pagoda festivals. The performers are traveling troupes, usually several dozen professional male and female dancers, musicians, comedians, and actors. Often performers are born into the troupe, but many have studied Burmese traditional art and theatre at university. Troupes such as the Pokkoko Zat Pwe travel widely throughout the country from city centers to even the most remote of villages.

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