the Quanzhou string puppet show is an old art performed by the Han ethnic group.
It is called Jiali in the south Fujian dialect.
Directing puppets is more difficult than real actors.
Each puppet has personalized costumes and makeup,
with each complex movement determining their roles.
Puppet shows originated over 2,000 years ago during the Qin and Han dynasties (221 BC–220 AD).
In ancient times,
people believed puppets could talk to gods or spirits.
So, at weddings, funerals, or grand celebrations,
performers would stage a puppet show to convey people’s wishes to the gods or spirits.
A performer usually "multi-tasks":
singing the character’s lines in a unique "puppet tune" while manipulating one to three strings with each finger,
to achieve various poses and martial arts actions.
The Orphan of Zhao puppet show is based on a Chinese classical tragedy.
Difficult moves like grinding medicines, drawing a sword,
and spinning hair were adopted in the show,
bringing a touching legend to life by marionettes.
More than 700 traditional Quanzhou puppet shows have been preserved.
When you run out of TV shows to watch,
please consider these wonderful puppet shows!