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Grade 1 Experiences Chinese Shadow Puppetry

What a way for our Grade 1s to experience their Unit of Inquiry on Storytelling! In the immersive environment of our Mandarin Department’s Hutong learning space, students were treated to traditional Chinese shadow puppet performances. This was not only an opportunity for them to practice their language skills, but also to create their own stories with the puppets afterward. 

Did you know that Chinese shadow puppetry was inscribed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2011? According to UNESCO, Chinese shadow puppetry is a form of theatre acted by colourful silhouette figures made from leather or paper, accompanied by music and singing. Manipulated by puppeteers using rods, the figures create the illusion of moving images on a translucent cloth screen illuminated from behind.

Take a look at some of the highlights of the activity!


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