Time, Date, and Venue
◇ 2021/04/16 fri. 19:30-21:00
◇ 2021/04/17 sat. 14:30-16:00
◇ 2021/04/18 sun. 14:30-16:00
◇ Venue：Experimental Theatre, Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center
◇ Length：90 minutes
◇ Ticket Price：NT$450/600
◆ With Mandarin and English surtitles
◆ This performance on 04/17 will be recorded
About the Performance
This puppet play features four episodes from the Tales of Liaozhai. Set in a laundry shop, the play presents an entertaining clash between humans, spirits, laundry, and puppets. Metaphor and reality interact with each other, blurring the border between the ancient and the modern. The director ingeniously uses illusionary techniques to stage the scene, creating a small stage within the larger frame to allow shifting of perspectives. Pieces of clothing hanging on the stage resemble hand puppets being maneuvered behind the proscenium arch of puppet trucks. The interactions between human performers and puppets creates black humor driven by misplaced spaces and heterogeneous dialogues.
The Performing Group│Shan Puppet Theatre & Hong Puppet Theatre
Shan Puppet Theatre and Hong Puppet Theatre have been under the tutelage of the master puppeteer Chen Xi-huang. The Hong is dedicated to the conservation of traditional Taiwanese puppetry art by incorporating the elegant Hokkien language while the Shan is more focused on Hakka culture. Both troupes utilize a plain and simple performing style. Following in the footsteps of the of the I Wan Jan Puppet Theatre, the Shan and the Hong are now famous puppetry troupes known for their brilliant techniques and performance, along with an amazing sonority of wind, string, and percussion instruments. They have been touring the Netherlands, France, USA and Tunisia to introduce Taiwanese puppetry as well as Hakka and Hokkien cultures to the world.
Performer：Shan Puppet Theatre & Hong Puppet Theatre、Shakespeare's Wild Sisters Group
Organizer：National Center for Traditional Arts
Advisor：Ministry of Culture
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