Vanishing Trade – Palm ArtJanuary 31, 2008 at 11:42 pm | Posted in itchy fingers | Leave a comment
Tags: Arts, Chinese New Year, Culture, Uniquely Singapore
Have always been interested in traditional puppet show but didn’t really have the chance to shoot them cos they are not a common scene nowaday. The only time you may still be able to find them is during the Seventh Lunar Month, and again many have been replaced by the more popular Getai. So I was pleasantly surprise when I went to Chinatown before the Chinese New Year lightup and found this traditional puppet show.
These tales of traditional folklore in hokkien is a 17th century art form. According to the banner there,”tradtional chinese puppet theatrical performance were introduced by the early southern Chinese immigrants. Singapore is the only place outside China where you can find four out of the five genres of traditional Chinese puppel theatre – the Gloved Puppet, String Puppet, Rod Puppet and Wired Puppet.” Dun think I have ever seen the wired puppet…
Ok, here’s a short clip of the fighting scene. Being such a linguistic genuis, I have provided subtitles for those of you who are unfortunately not proficient in Hokkien…:p Look out for the flying weapon!