Beijing Shadow Show Troupe puppeteers conduct a performance for schoolchildren. Photo: AFP

Chinese shadow theatre fights to stay in the light as dropping audiences force troupes to be creative

  • Shadow theatre has been a celebrated tradition for 2,000 years in China, but a lack of trainee puppeteers threatens its existence
  • Puppeteers tell age old stories to schoolchildren around the country. One Beijing troupe is trying to keep the traditional alive
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Beijing Shadow Show Troupe puppeteers conduct a performance for schoolchildren. Photo: AFP
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A print of Song general Yue Fei (left) in Zhuxian, in China’s Henan province. Photo: David Leffman

How China’s last surviving woodblock-print artists are keeping an ancient art alive

  • Once ubiquitous across the Middle Kingdom, woodblock printing was nearly lost in the tumult of 20th-century China
  • Today, a handful of artists scattered across the country have become unwitting guardians of a fragile tradition
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A print of Song general Yue Fei (left) in Zhuxian, in China’s Henan province. Photo: David Leffman
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