Shadow Puppetry

Shadow Puppetry

Shadow Puppetry, also called “pi-hou xi,” is a kind of traditional puppet show in Taiwan.  As it has never been widely popular, it can only be found in the Kaohsiung area today. Shadow Puppetry performances are usually held at night.  The puppeteer holds cut-outs of puppets between a translucent screen and a source of light to present a narrative play.  As an old saying goes, “I slept through the night in the twinkling of a shadow puppet’s eye.” The background music is mainly Chao-tune (chao-diao) music, a kind of popular music originating in Chaozhou, Guangdong.

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永興樂皮影劇團
Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Theatre Troupe

Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Theatre Troupe, established by Mr. Zhang Li in Mi-tuo Village, Kaohsiung Province, did not have a name to begin with, so i... (Read more)

東華皮影戲團
Tung-Hua Skin Shadow Puppet Theater

The Tung-Hua Shadow Puppet Theater is the oldest puppet theater troupe in Taiwan; its traditions have been passed down in one family for generations. ... (Read more)

無獨有偶工作室劇團
PUPPET & ITS DOUBLE

The Puppet and Its Double Theater was founded in September 1999. Upholding the experimental spirit of “promoting puppetry in a modern theatre”, the co... (Read more)

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五虎平西.白鶴關
The Five Generals’ Conquering of the Western Region: White Crane Pass

In the Song Dynasty, Di Qing, one of the Five Great Generals, was sent with others to the Western Region to fight against the barbarians when he accid... (Read more)

割股(肚)
Flesh-cutting

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濟公大戰芙蓉妖
Ji Gong Fighting Monster Furong

Jigong is a mythological character in Chinese popular religion. Legend has it that he is the incarnation of Arhat. Different from other Buddhist disci... (Read more)

西遊記-黑水河遇險
Journey to the West: The Adventure at Black Water River

This play is adapted from a section of Journey to the West, narrating the events when Tang Sanzang and his disciples cross the Black River. The Tung-H... (Read more)

西遊記-孫悟空大戰鐵扇公主
Journey to the West: Sun Wu-kong Fighting Princess Iron Fan

The Tung-Hua Shadow Puppet Theater adapted a section of Journey to the West into Sun Wu-kong Fighting Princess Iron Fan. It describes Sun Wu-kong as h... (Read more)

光影嬉遊記
Monkey King At Spider Cave

The Puppet and Its Double Theater invited international shadow puppetry ­master Larry Reed to Taiwan to lead Taiwanese artists in experimental product... (Read more)

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