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Journey to the West: The Tongtian River

Premieres 17 Sep, 3pm


Published: 15 Sep 2021

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Journey to the West: The Tongtian River

By Taipei Puppet Theater (Taiwan)
Premieres on 17 Sep 2021, Fri, 3pm 

Duration: 20min 
Performed in Hokkien, with English and Chinese subtitles

An excerpt taken from the classic and well-loved novel, Journey to the West, this performance of The Tongtian River showcases the uniqueness of Taiwanese Hand Puppetry. With dynamic pacing and hilarious punchlines, this classic tale has been given a modern spin that is rich in artistry and full of fun.

The Plot

As Sanzang and his three disciples make their way to the West, they pass by a village on the bank of the River of Heaven. They learn of a fish demon who demands unquestioned obedience and loves to feast on young boys and girls. The villagers have to sacrifice their children as offerings each year, lest the powerful and arrogant demon send huge waves to destroy their homes. Upon hearing of their plight, the four subdue the demon and free the villagers from their agony. With that, Sanzang and his disciples rise to become heroes among the villagers.

About Taipei Puppet Theater

Taipei Puppet Theater was founded in 2010 and aims to preserve the rich heritage of puppetry, enhance the quality of puppetry performances and bring Taiwanese puppetry to the international stage. As it inherits and elevates the spirit of this traditional art form, the troupe dives deep in their search for old traditions, which enable them to produce diversified, heartfelt and delicate works that go beyond preserving the characteristics of puppetry and touch the hearts of many at home and abroad. 

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