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Gaozhou puppet show: tiny stage, huge enthusiasm

2017-March-23       Source: Newsgd.com

Liang Dongxing, representative successor of Gaozhou puppet show as a national intangible cultural heritage, performs puppet shows in many places of Gaozhou during Nian Li every year.

Liang Dongxing’s tiny stage for puppet show.

During Nian Li in the first and second lunar months, Cantonese opera and puppet show are the two things that you must watch in Gaozhou county-level city, Maoming. Liang Dongxing, representative successor of Gaozhou puppet show as a national intangible cultural heritage, performs puppet shows in many places of Gaozhou during Nian Li every year.

Gaozhou puppet show, also called dolly show, is a form of Han opera created by Cantonese artists. Puppet solo is showed by one person who serves as performer, puppeteer and musician. Gaozhou puppet show is famous for its accessible performance, heart-stirring story and attractive style.

Three generations in Liang Dongxing’s family lived on puppet shows. This family background has made him extremely interested in puppet show since he was a body. At the age of 16, he proactively took over his father’s career and became an apprentice.

In 1981, on behalf of Gaozhou, Liang Dongxing participated in a Zhanjiang Puppet Show for the first time. His performance was so overwhelming that it won him several awards. In 2010, Liang Dongxing took part in Shanghai EXPO for performing intangible cultural heritage for “Guangdong Week”. He put on 14 puppet shows in 4 days, which received widespread acclaim among visitors.

Click here to find out more about Nian Li, unique traditional festival in west Guangdong.

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Editor: Monica Liu

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