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Quanzhou string puppet show, the ancient name of hanging silk puppet, originated from the Qin and Han dynasties. According to the literature, it has been popular in Quanzhou and the surrounding areas since the Fifth Dynasty before the Tang Dynasty at the latest. Since then, through the Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing and even contemporary times, the inheritance has continued. So far, more than 700 traditional plays have been preserved, and the music of the unique genre, "puppet tune" (including "pressed foot drum", "gong" and other ancient instruments and corresponding and the corresponding performance techniques). At the same time, it has developed a set of exquisite and standardized line manipulation (traditional basic line rules), as well as unique puppet head carving, idol modeling art and production techniques.
The traditional repertoire of Quanzhou puppet theater preserves a large number of ancient Minnan language region folk beliefs and wedding and funeral celebrations and other customs. A large number of grammar, vocabulary and ancient pronunciation of "ancient Hailuo language" and Minnan dialect are preserved. There are many precious materials on the repertoire, music and performance patterns of Song and Yuan dynasties, which have multidisciplinary research value. For thousands of years, Quanzhou puppet theater has not only coexisted with the rituals of birth, old age, sickness and death of the people in the Minnan language region, but also spread to Taiwan Province and the Chinese and overseas Chinese settlements in Southeast Asia from the Ming Dynasty onwards.

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The Rock of a Thousand Peaches

The little monkey took the white rabbit to the deep mountains to look for the magical and fascinating "Thousand Peach Rock". But where is the "Thousand Peach Rock"? With the guidance of the old goat, the little monkey and the little white rabbit understood the truth that "to eat good peaches, you have to plant good peaches to open the mountain". They united with their friends, such as the little gray elephant and the little black bear, to make the wild mountain into a rich and beautiful peach rock, and worked together to destroy the wolves and voles who wanted to take over the peach rock. The peach grove was filled with joy, and the songs rang out in all directions.

The Mountain of Water

"Based on the Chinese folk tale "The Legend of the White Snake". In order to break up the beautiful marriage between Xu Xian and Bai Niang, he forced Xu Xian to become a monk in the Jinshan Temple. The White Snake Lady went to the temple to claim her husband, but was refused by Fahai, gathered the water tribe, flooded the Jinshan Temple. Fahai invited the generals, but also can not resist. The White Goddess rescued Xu Xian, the couple reunited. The traditional play of Quanzhou puppet theater, "Water Wandering Jinshan", is the first classical play of the new Chinese puppet theater to go abroad and obtain international awards. Although the play has similarities with the folk legend "The Legend of the White Snake", the story development and ending are different from the folk legend, rich in the unique interpretation of the genre, which is rare for other opera varieties."

Flaming Mountain

The flaming moutain is adopted from the classic Chinese novel "Journey to the West".Tang Seng and his disciples are stopped by a flaming mountain on their way to the west. Sun Wu Kong (monkey king) attempts to borrow the Plantain fan from the Princess of Iron Fan to put out the flame. The story is about how Sun Wu Kong fighting with the princess of lron Fan and eventually obtain the Plantain Fan.

The Chinaman

"The county governor Qian San and his subordinates have become corrupt and the people are discontented. One day, he suddenly got a secret letter from his uncle in Kyoto: "The Minister of the soft dispatch has arrived in your county for a secret investigation of officials in private. Qian San and other extremely frightened, urgent orders to find the "soft minister". The capital fop Jia Si and his servant all the way to play, the silver brought squandered, no money to pay the rent, was reported by the shopkeeper, unexpectedly by Qian San and so on mistaken for "soft official". All the officials are scrambling to follow, offering money and bribes. Jia Si gradually "enlightened", will be wrong, people and financial deception. Just when the three major banquets of money "Qindian" to offer women to win, the real soft difference driving to the county, the fake soft difference slipped away. This is the end of the absurd farce. In 2003, the play was awarded the "Golden Lion Award" by the Ministry of Culture for the "National Puppet and Shadow Play Competition", as well as the awards for scriptwriting, directing and acting; in 2004, it was selected for the "Seventh China Arts Festival" and won the "Eleventh In 2004, it was selected for the Seventh China Arts Festival and won the 11th Wenhua New Play Award, Playwriting Award, Directing Award and Collective Performance Award of the Ministry of Culture; it was nominated by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Finance for the "National Stage Art Excellence Project" from 2004 to 2005 and from 2005 to 2006. In 2008, it was selected by the Ministry of Culture to participate in the "2008 Beijing Olympic Games", and in 2009, it was selected by the Ministry of Propaganda and the Ministry of Culture to participate in the "Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China ""

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2022-11-22

Urgent notice - 22nd performance cancelled.


Dear Audience. Due to other performance arrangements, the performance of the Small Theatre of Quanzhou Puppet Theatre on November 22nd will be cancelled and resumed at a later date, please inform each other. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to you. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

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2022-11-21

Suspension Notice |Quanzhou Puppet Theatre suspended from 23 performances.


Dear Audience. Due to other performance arrangements, the Center (Quanzhou Puppet Theater) will suspend performances from the 23rd. Please inform each other that the resumption time will be announced. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to you. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

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