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Shadow play. ©Syria Trust for Development, 2016 2017
Shadow play

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Shadow play

Shadow Play is a traditional art consisting of handmade puppets moving behind a thin translucent curtain or screen along to an oral script and music. The theatrical content of Shadow Play revolves around humorous social criticisms, with satirical narratives being relayed between the two main characters. Performances are traditionally held in popular cafes where people gather to watch stories about everyday life. However, due to several factors such as modern technology and mass displacements caused by the war, the prevalence of Shadow Play has declined drastically over the years.


on this subject: https://ich.unesco.org/en/USL/01368

Place/region Syrian Arab Republic, Southwest Asia
Series: 2018 inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Type: Documentary
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Authors and personalities: Bilal Zine El Abidine, director.
Production: Syria Trust for Development, sponsor.
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