Date: January 03, 2017
A special exhibition commemorating the life and career of late glove puppetry master Huang Hai-tai
kicked off Jan. 2 in southern Taiwan’s Yunlin County.
Organized by the Yunlin County Government, the show features puppets used by Huang as well as scripts penned by the renowned performer. The exhibition, held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Huang’s death, will run through Jan. 15 at the Yunlin Hand Puppet Museum in Huwei Township.
“Master Huang was the single most influential figure in the development of glove puppetry in Taiwan,” Yunlin County Magistrate Lee Chin-yung said at the opening of the show. “His work helped spawn many local troupes, transforming Yunlin into a major hub of the performing art.”
Born in 1901, Huang founded Wu Zhou Yuan Puppet Troupe in 1925. The group helped the art form achieve widespread popularity during the Japanese colonial period, which lasted from 1895-1945. [FULL STORY]