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Visit home of shadow play in SW China's Sichuan

12-06-2011 09:32 BJT

The traditional art shadow play was performed in many places. In China, it has already played for thousands years, but as artists passed away, the unique perform was endangered. Luckily, people are paying more attention to the preservation of it now.

"Lang zhong shadow play" of Sichuan province can traced back to the end of Ming dynasty. And through three hundreds years of development, especially with the efforts of the fifth generation successor, it generated a new school, Wang shadow play. The performing skills are more and more sophisticated but successors are less as time goes by. Since Wang shadow play successfully became national intangible cultural heritage, it attracts more attention. The seventh successor Wang Biao even organized a training institute.

Wang Biao said, "We are the national intangible cultural heritage and it's our responsibility to make this traditional art prosperous."

Shadow play artist Xu Junxian once was a performer of Shanxi opera. But after studying and performing shadow play, he was deeply fascinated by it. His first performing turned out to be a great success for he was asked to perform it three times more than he imaged. Later, he build his own shadow play band with some folk music player. According to him, the purpose of his performing is not to make money but to inherit the traditional skills.

"Lang zhong shadow play" of Sichuan province can traced back to the end of Ming
dynasty. And through three hundreds years of development, especially with the efforts
of the fifth generation successor, it generated a new school, Wang shadow play.

An shadow play is performing in Tiexi Cultural Center of Shenyang. Zhang Guoqing, the performer, has already performed for more than 40 years. While performing, he almost forget himself.

Zhang Guoqing said, "Usually, four strings are needed to accomplish a performance. As time goes by, more instruments and more modern elements were added into the performing, so we need the participation of young people. I'm looking for successors, but I can just have my children."

Shadow play is a complex folk art that contains drawing, music, carving, manipulation puppets and singing. Xu Chengshu is an accomplished artist that he can handle all skills needed for performance, even the property of his performance were made by himself.

"Lang zhong shadow play" of Sichuan province can traced back to the end of Ming
dynasty. And through three hundreds years of development, especially with the efforts
of the fifth generation successor, it generated a new school, Wang shadow play.

Xu Chengshu said, "I cannot express my feeling by words. I've performed shadow play for decades. I'll leave it to my children."

With so many artists devoted themselves to shadow play, the future of our traditional arts will be brilliant.

 

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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