Shadow Play: The Art of Shadow Puppetry from Shaanxi Province

Shadow Puppetry

Shadow Puppetry

1 Jun – 15 Jul, 2012

Presented with support of the Chinese Consulate in Melbourne as part of the China Cultural Gateway Program.

Shadow Play: The Art of Shadow Puppetry from Shaanxi presents a rare collection of beautifully hand crafted shadow puppets used in Chinese shadow theatre from Shaanxi province. The theatre of shadow puppetry is recognized as a significant Chinese art form and in 2011 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized Chinese Shadow Puppetry as a form of Intangible Cultural Heritage. This exhibition gives us an insight into the skills of shadow puppeteers, which have been passed on from generation to generation, also passing on cultural history, social beliefs, oral traditions and local customs.