Elling Eide Research Library & Preserve Presents:
An Introduction to Chinese Shadow Puppet Theater
Lecture given by: Professor Fan Pen Li Chen
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM- Lecture
Professor Chen’s research focuses on women warriors in Chinese history and fiction;women in Chinese history and fiction; the Chinese shadow theatre, and the Chinese marionette theatre.
An internationally recognized authority and living voice of ChineseShadow Theatre, Dr. Fan Pen Li Chen has published several renowned books on the Chinese puppet theater, including Chinese Shadow Theatre: History, Popular Religion,& Women Warriors; Visions for the Masses: Chinese Shadow Plays from Shaanxi andShanxi; Marionette Plays from Northern China, and most recently Journey of a Goddess:Chen Jingu Subdues the Snake Demon.
This introduction to the regional histories of the genre, and their social functions, will be selectively demonstrated with shadow figures, and brought to life through personal recordings of the shadow puppet making process, and excerpts of a variety of shadow plays taken on location in China.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM- Optional Tour of the Elling Eide Center
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