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Puppet Theatre: a Window on Asian Art and Society

  • Date:2013-10-01

Lecturer: Dr. Robin Erik Ruizendaal

Dr. Ruizendaal, Director of Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum, Managing/Artistic Director of Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company, and a PhD in Sinology from Leiden University (the Netherlands), is widely acknowledged as an authority on contemporary Asian puppet shows. He spares no effort promoting international puppet shows in Taiwan, and works created or directed by him often show great originality and initiative. Under the influence of a varied background, Dr. Ruizendaal puts his professional skills at creating and directing puppet theatre art into full play. His works have been translated into 13 languages and staged in more than 20 cities in the world.


Time: October 16th, 2013 at 7:30pm

Venue: Ballard Institute and Museums of Puppetry, University of Connecticut (6 Bourn Place, Storrs, Connecticut 06269-5212)

Topic: Asian Puppet Theatre and the Puppet Theatre Museum

This lecture will present an overview of the current state of Asian puppet theatre in the era of mass communication and chart how traditional and modern companies function in contemporary Asia. Recently several puppet theatre museums have opened around Asia. In this context the case of the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre is presented, which at present has the most complete collection of Asian Theatre Puppets in the world. The conservation and collection policy of the museum will be discussed, as well as its educational projects, lively interactive exhibitions and performances. 


Time: October 19th, 2013 at 2:00pm

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Venue: Taiwan Academy in New York (1 E. 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017)

Topic: Taiwan in Your Hand: Glove Puppet Decoration and Manipulation Workshop

In this wonderful workshop the whole family will learn about Taiwanese puppets and how to manipulate them. Participants will also be decorating and painting their very own puppet, and bring it home as a souvenir.



Time: October 23rd, 2013 at 3:00pm

Venue: Hunter College (695 Park Ave., New York, NY 10065)

Topic: Puppets, Identity and Politics in Taiwan

Puppet theatre is viewed as an expression of Taiwanese grass-roots culture and the puppets symbolize far more than the characters they represent. Politicians from different parties are eager to be photographed with a puppet or puppeteer during election season. Television puppet shows have unleashed a craze among young people, which is quite unique in Asia. This lecture will chart the development of puppet theatre in Taiwan from the stage performance to the television screen and its role as a symbol of a distinct Taiwanese identity.