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Online program of shadow play marks annual Cultural and National Heritage Day

By Lin Qi | | Updated: 2022-06-13 14:09
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Lu Baogang, director of the Beijing Shadow Show Troupe, demonstrates how to manipulate a puppet in his office in Beijing. He believes reaching out to younger audiences may help revive the age-old art form. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]

Honoring the Cultural and Natural Heritage Day that's celebrated every year on June 11, the China National Arts and Crafts Museum and China Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum in Beijing presented an online education program delivered by Lu Baogang, a veteran shadow puppetry artist and head of Beijing Shadow Puppet Troupe.

One of the earliest theater performances in China, shadow puppetry emerged in the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) and developed into various styles across the country. Lu demonstrated how to carve and color a shadow puppet, and staged a brief show by using some of the most popular characters in shadow plays.

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