Beijing shadow play
Shadow play is one of China’s ancient traditional arts. Some in Beijing also call it “donkey-hide shadow”. Shadow play reached its zenith during the 1930s in Beijing. During the World War II, the art of shadow play fell into a period of decline. But the Deshun Shadow play Troupe of the Lu family of Beijing Western School survived and developed its own performance system. Leather silhouettes of Beijing are famous for their line engravings. The silhouettes have been modeled after the roles in Peking Operas and developed many types of facial masks for male, female, painted face male and comedy roles. Beijing shadow play features fairy stories, acrobatics and fables. There are dozens of routines, which are famous for their pleasing scripts, music and elegant presentations.
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