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Chinese shadow puppetry
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Chinese shadow puppetry is a form of theatre whereby colourful silhouette figures perform traditional plays against a back-lit cloth screen, accompanied by music and singing. Puppeteers make the figures from leather or paper and manipulate them by means of rods to create the illusion of moving images. The puppeteers' skills of simultaneously manipulating several puppets, improvisational singing, and playing various musical instruments are handed down in families and troupes, passing from master to pupil. Puppetry spreads knowledge, promotes cultural values and entertains the community, especially the youth.

on this subject: Nomination file / Dossier de candidature

Place/country: China,
Series: 2011 Inscriptions on the Representative List/Inscriptions 2011 sur la liste représentative
Type: Documentary
Duration: 10 minutes
Credits: Li Heqing (director),
Published in: 2009

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