Shaanxi Folk Art Theater
Based in Xi'an, the "cradle of Chinese culture" that was the capital of the Tang dynasty, the Shaanxi Folk Art Theater is China's only professional province-based traditional and shadow puppet performance group. Founded in 1953, company members include many performers recognized by the Ministry of Culture as masters in their art. The company also operates departments in directing, scriptwriting, music composition, and set design. In total, the Shaanxi Folk Art Theater comprises more than 100 company members, including the nation's leading experts in puppet making. The Shaanxi Folk Art Theater's repertoire is wide ranging.