The story is set in motion as Ionah waits for her sweetheart and becomes increasingly angry that he is late. Unable to curb her fury, the girl vents her anger with a slap on her sweetheart’s cheek. This act of inflicting pain on another causes Ionah to immediately be punished, as she is hurled into a fantasy world where she undergoes a bizarre journey of soul-searching. Finally, Ionah is able to make her way back to reality in time to transform her slap into a light caress.
The show portrays Ionah’s wild journey through spiritual torments with countless images of lively metamorphoses. Delightful imagination is on display through a diverse language of genres including modern dance, theatrical arts, breakdancing and visual arts. The play was inspired by the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri and many scenes are strongly influenced by Western mythology. Ionah uses state-of-the-art visual and audio technology to conjure the surreal world of Lady Ionah’s journey along with top-notch visual design and music composition.
After over one year in production, Ionah officially premiered in September 2015. It’s a work of art that features a variety of established names in Vietnam’s theatrical industry: scriptwriter and general director Pham Hoang Nam; music director Quoc Trung; circus director Tong Toan Thang; choreographer Tran Ly Ly; costume designer Cong Tri; and visual director Fernando Toma. The play is one of Hanoi’s most unique cultural activities and is expected to be embraced by local audiences and visitors alike.
Ionah Show is staged weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at Star Galaxy Theater, No. 87 Lang Ha Str., Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi.
For further information about the show, please visit the official website of Ionah show: http://ionah.vn/ or the facebook fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/ionahshow