Pulling the right strings

Xiamen is the birthplace of the Chinese marionette. Hundreds of small and large puppet troupes operate out of Xiamen, Gulangyu Island and the city of Quanzhou.

Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am

French puppeteer pulls a few strings to give Landmark shoppers a window on Parisian life

French puppeteer Jean-Claude Dehix has been creating window displays for the Printemps department store in Paris for more than 30 years, and this year he's brought the tradition to Hong Kong. The craftsman has created a set of puppets that have been set amid iconic Parisian backdrops at the Landmark mall in Central.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Little puppets, big world

Jean-Claude Dehix's first memory of puppets was as a seven-year-old boy in France. It was a scene created by his puppeteer father.

'There were two dogs, and they were both playing on swings, one pushing the other,' he recalls.

'That scene remains in my mind. It's something that strikes me even today.'

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Puppets dancing on water

In many cultures, puppets have been used to tell stories and folktales. Most forms of puppetry involve dolls controlled by puppeteers performing on a stage. In Vietnam, that stage is a pool of water.

The 1,000-year-old art of water puppetry began when farmers put on shows to entertain villagers during the rainy season when their fields were flooded.

31 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Moving creations

On November 11 and 12, the fourth annual Arts in the Park Mardi Gras will be held in Victoria Park. The extravaganza will feature a parade, dance performances and art stalls.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Absurd, but worth a look

Admittedly, The Beaver is one of the least attractive films of the year: a grown man with a beaver hand puppet is as bizarre an image as it is creepy. But suppress your preconceived notions of absurdity, bring plenty of patience and you'll be rewarded with a film that's worth watching.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Giant puppets ready for park parade

Entering its 10th year, the annual 'Standard Chartered Arts in the Park - Mardi Gras' will be held at Victoria Park this weekend.

One of Hong Kong's largest and most diverse outdoor art activities, the event will once again be highlighted by a parade of giant puppets. This year's theme is inspired by the five elements: earth, air, fire, metal and water.

11 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Puppet Putonghua

Monkey claps his hands as the class of Primary Three pupils yell in unison that they want the tiny chestnut-coloured monkey to come and tell them tales again soon.

The Monkey, brought to life by Wong Hei, is actually a glove puppet. He has been teaching Putonghua at Pui Kiu College in Tai Wai for the past week.

23 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Christmas at the mall: circus, Snoopy and Broadway show

Mall managers are once again thinking outside the box with their Christmas festivities. With only so many shopping days left, it has been a mad rush to divert shoppers' attention to their space with more than just another tinsel tree and a rent-a-Santa.

17 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Funding can help stop shadow puppetry becoming a dying art

Shadow puppetry has been a part of Chinese culture going back to the Han dynasty.

It comprises simple tools - puppets made of leather controlled with rods and elastic bands behind a screen. Some of the models are actually very sophisticated.

25 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Global traditions on parade in the park

It's time for some fun with the arts again. Standard Chartered Arts in the Park Mardi Gras 2009 will take place at Victoria Park this weekend. Organised by the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, the annual event brings a variety of arty activities to the park for the public's enjoyment.

11 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Ancient puppetry moonwalks to the present

Michael Jackson's famous moonwalk has returned to the stage in the form of a shadow puppet designed by Hills Lee, a third-year student at Baptist University's Academy of Visual Arts.

30 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Hong Kong Faces

Cheung Chun-fai is always doing finger exercises to improve their strength. He is not a Shaolin kung fu master who performs the one-finger stand, but a puppeteer who controls Chinese wooden dolls with more than a dozen strings.

26 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

A chance to catch a glimpse of a rare form of Japanese puppetry

It is not as widely known as that other tradition of Japanese puppetry, bunraku, but Hong Kong has the opportunity to see a rare otome bunraku artist.

12 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

The Epiplectic Bicycle

Japan's Puppet Theatre Hitomi-za presents a story that follows two siblings' adventure with a magical bike, mixing scenarios from Edward Gorey's The Epiplectic Bicycle (above) and The Hapless Child. Part of the International Arts Carnival. Today, 11am, 3pm, 7.30pm, tomorrow, 3pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$120, HK$200 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2370 1044

2 Aug 2008 - 12:00am