Shadow play or also known as shadow puppetry is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses shadow puppets to create shadow cut-out figures that are held between a source of light and a translucent screen or scrim. Chinese shadow play covers various forms of performance, and usually it needs to be finished by 7-9 performers.
However, Taishan shadow play has its unique way of performance in that it needs 2 performers at most, with one playing the musical instruments, while the other doing the shadow play performing. This is an old way of performance with a history of more than 1,700 years, and it is rather demanding as usually one performer would do the roles of many performers by himself. According to a survey, now there is only one performer in China who has successfully inherited this skill. The only performer is Fan Zheng’an, the sixth inheritor of Taishan shadow play.
The plays of performed cover a wide range of themes. There are classic plays as well as amusing ones which appeal to the tastes of different groups of spectators. The intricate stores, the amusing performance and the interesting lines will surely leave everyone a deep impression.
Address: Non-material Cultural Heritage Exhibition Hall, Dongyue Street, Tai’an
Transportation: Take bus 4, 6, 15 or 33 and get off at Daimiao (Dai Temple)
Opening hours: 8:00 am-6:00 pm (shadow play on show from 7:30 pm)
Tips: Reservation is needed at least 2 hours in advance for shadow play.
Reasons for Recommendation:
Taishan shadow play brings you back to thousands of years ago. Tourists can also have the opportunity of performing by themselves.
The puppets for the shadow play are exquisitely made with utmost art and aesthetic values. They are best used as gifts for friends and relatives.
The plays cover a wide range of themes, which are either classic or modern. Every spectator will be impressed by the amusing permance.
The theatre, with an odor of antiquity, serves as a perfect place for relaxation while one watches the play.