Shadow Show , also called
'Shadow Play', is a performing art using light to cast the shadow of
paper-cut or leather-cut figures on a white curtain. Its repertoire as
well as its tunes are interrelated with local operas. The artisan
operates the figures while singing.
Chinese Shadow Show has a history of about 1,000 years. It is said
that in the Yuan Dynasty the art form even spread to West Asia and
Europe. Under the influence of different regions, many types and
styles of Shadow Show have appeared. The shadow shows in Tangshan
area, Hebei Province, With their distinctive donkey-hide figures, and
in Northwest China with cattle-hide figures enjoy special popularity.
The donkey-hide shadow show with its exquisite craftsmanship, nimble
and proficient operative skills and lyrical tunes has become a
particularly comprehensive art.