The Teochew Puppet Workshop!

Are you feeling stressed? Would you like to have some form of relaxation? If yes, would you like to learn something traditional?

If you have answered 'yes' to all questions, come and experience something long forgotten……

The Teochew Puppet Workshop!

Date:   Thursday, 25 January 2018
Time:   10am - 2pm
Venue:  KB 7 floor Concourse area


History was created when the Duchess of Cornwall, wife of Prince Charles of Great Britain visited the Teochew Puppet & Opera Museum House, Pulau Pinang.

Puppets in action!

Breathing new life into Teochew Puppetry!

Some interesting facts about Teochew Puppetry……..

Teochew puppetry is an increasingly rare form of theatre that narrates folk tales and legends. The tradition of Teochew puppetry evolved from the Chinese shadow puppetry tradition of the central plains of China. The art form was brought to the Chao Shan region in Guandong, homeland of the Teochew people, by northern refugees during the Song Dynasty (8th to 12th century). The Teochews had rich and varied cultural practices such as opera, puppetry, music, tea ceremonies and embroidery. The Teochew dialect, which belongs to the Min Nan dialect group, preserves many elements of old Chinese that are no longer found in other dialects.

During the 19th century, the economic hardship in Chao Shan, as well as new opportunities for trade in the newly-colonised free port of Singapore, led to them leaving to seek greener pastures. Many migrated to Southeast Asia, including Malaysia. To these new lands, they brought their age-old cultural traditions, including opera and puppetry. In Malaysia, Teochew puppetry is only found in Penang. There used to be only two Teochew puppet troupes here, but the art form has experienced a revival of sorts in the past 15 years. There are now at least five active troupes in Penang.

Interested to join our workshop? Come on…what are you waiting for? Come and join us ……….See you there!

Thank you.

Organised by the Centre of Immersive Technology and Creativity and Supported by Arts & Crafts Society and Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI).

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