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Shadow Play



Shadow play is a form of entertainment created by projecting the shadow of cattle or sheep hide puppets onto a screen. It has been regarded as the Chinese counterpart of the cartoon. All the semi-transparent puppets used in shadow theatre are handmade. The joints of the figures are exquisitely crafted and joined with string to ensure that the characters can move freely. Accompanied by traditional Chinese musical instruments, such as the flute, the pipa and the erhu, shadow plays are highly expressive and have captivated audiences from antiquity to today. The local shadow theatre troupes have been invited to perform in a number of countries, including Korea, Japan, Singapore and Germany, impressing audiences around the world with performances of distinctive Chinese character. Exhibits in the Shadow Play Museum do not only show the love of veteran performers for their trade, but also a general longing to return to simpler times.

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