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Quanzhou Puppet Troupe



Biography

Quanzhou, the starting point of the Maritime Silk Road, is famous for its puppet tradition of more than one thousand years. Quanzhou’s marionette repertoire consists of more than 700 traditional plays and some 300 “puppet tunes” played with specialized instruments such as the “foot-pressed drum.” Founded in 1952 as the main inheritor of the city’s marionette tradition, the Quanzhou Puppet Troupe has revived and created a great number of works and toured nearly 50 countries and regions in the world.

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Video 7/2/2014: Quanzhou Puppet Troupe

Founded in 1952 as the main inheritor of the city’s marionette tradition, the Quanzhou Puppet Troupe has revived and created a great number of works and toured nearly 50 countries and regions in the world. Part of the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Quanzhou Puppet Troupe