Chin Fei Feng Marionette Theatre Troupe (錦飛鳳傀儡戲劇團), The Happy Puppetry Company (真快樂掌中劇團), and Fu Hsing Ko Shadow Play Troupe (復興閣皮影戲團) will perform in France at the invitation of Festival de l'Imaginaire this October.
Chin Fei Feng will perform "Happy Couple's Outing on Lantern Festival Eve (嘉禮迎春戲元宵)” for French audiences. The drama portrays the joyful scene of a couple named Good Fortune Chu and Happiness Chin going out on the eve of the Lantern Festival. Marionettes controlled exquisitely and vividly by the puppeteers will ingeniously present the delightful and humorous drama.
The Happy Puppetry Company will perform "Journey to the West - Red Kid & Monkey Steals the Magic Fan (西遊記-火雲洞).” Founder Ko Chiang Szu-mei (江賜美), one of few female puppeteers in Taiwan, has led her family in preserving traditional puppetry for three generations while incorporating modern lighting and visual designs.
Fu Hsing Ko is one of the most representative shadow play troupes in Taiwan, and a preserver of the original Chaochou-tone singing to this day. The troupe will perform "Prince Nezha's Triumph against Dragon King (李哪吒鬧東海)” during the Paris festival.
Festival de l' Imaginaire was launched by Maison des Cultures du Monde in 1996 to promote respect for different cultures. The festival program accommodates various categories and forms of performance so as to fully show the diverse customs of various ethnic groups in the world.
To set the stage for the intricate performances, the Musee du quai Branly will first screen a documentary titled "Taiwan et ses marionettes” on Oct. 17 to introduce Taiwan's unique puppetry arts, which brilliantly combine modernity with tradition.
For more information, please visit the Maison des Cultures du Monde website atwww.maisondesculturesdumonde.org.
‘Marionnettes du Taiwan'