Mintha Theater: Some Facts
The Mintha Theater located at the 27th Street, near Sedona Hotel, in the Mandalay Region of Burma is dedicated to the traditional Burmese dance.
The creative diversity of Myanmar ranges from its brilliant artwork to its cultural dances. The Mintha Theater stages nightly performances bringing the enthralling range of traditional Burmese dances. A troupe consisting of 7 dancers graces the stage accompanied by drums, bells, pipes and harp. As the whole idea is to take the audience through an enriching journey of the country’s dance tradition, the dancers sport vividly bright attire that directly correspond to the folk history. The entire show is a thoroughly professional display choreographed or directed by U Ohn Maung.
The shows performed on a rotational basis generally last for an hour or so and showcase short dance pieces ranging from folk to court dances in grand traditional dresses or costumes. They generally start around 8.30 pm featuring 8 gamelan-style musicians along with 7 dancers. The program changes on a nightly basis featuring around or more twelve dances from the time of Bagan. The performances are held around 7 days a week and the ticket prices are 8000 kyats.
As per reports, the art scene in Myanmar is grappling with the lack of government backing (which, of course, is a consequence of the poverty). Thus it can well be said that this theater has successfully triumphed over these odds to emerge as one of the cornerstones of cultural exploits in the country. So, it’s definitely worth a visit.