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The voyages of Karagöz across the world

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The activity of shadow player master Ozek Cengiz is really extraordinary. Besides organizing the Istanbul Puppet Festival, Ozek has just premiered a significant co-production with the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company. As we said in an article published on 19 May (see here), “The story starts with a shadow puppeteer in modern day Istanbul who finds a mysterious text written in Chinese which reads: “To the East and to the West, between man and shadow, the … Read entire article »

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Chinese Puppetmasters

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Thanks to Gary Friedman, we can see a video of the Chinese master Chen Xi Huang, 82 years old, in a recent interview at TED in Shanghai. In the video we see the extraordinary mastery of Chen Xi Huang, who preserves the beauty of traditional hand puppet theater, with exquisite manipulation of the puppets. As we read in the information given by TED, Chen Xi-Huang was born in 1931, the oldest son of Taiwan’s legendary puppeteer, … Read entire article »

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The Shan Puppet Theatre – Taiwan

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It’s always very pleasant to see a young puppeteer connected with tradition and able to combine freshness with virtuosity. This is what I saw in the show of Wu-shan Huang, seen at the Festival of Chengdu. I spoke about it in a previous article on the Opening Ceremony of the Festival. But to be found two wonderful videos about his work, I have been encouraged to present them in Puppetring. Shan Puppet Theatre was founded by … Read entire article »

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‘Shadows of Love’

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This year’s Taiwan International Festival of the Arts opened with ‘Shadows of Love’, a unique three-way collaboration between the local Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company, the Cengiz Ozek Shadow Theatre of Istanbul and the Beijing Shadow Puppet Theatre Company. The show mixes shadow puppets, actors, acrobats, music, film  and animation. The story starts with a shadow puppeteer in modern day Istanbul who finds a mysterious text written in Chinese which reads: “To the East and to the … Read entire article »

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