Sadly, only now in the 21st century, traditional shadow puppetry in China is on a steep and fast decline. This ancient art form has steadily been losing the battle with television, video games and other forms of entertainment in China’s swiftly urbanizing republic. The China Cultural Center presentation will profile four artists and companies currently practicing shadow puppetry. Their situations illustrate the current state of shadow puppetry in China.
Annie is currently halfway through her Fulbright Fellowship researching the current state of traditional Chinese Shadow Puppetry. The aim of the fellowship is split between documenting and apprenticing with the declining number of traditional shadow puppetry troupes in rural regions and comparing them with the newly formed commercial ‘folk art’ companies based in large urban centers.
Venue: China Culture Center, Beijing, China.
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