Families with Children from China New England

Wan Jan Puppet Troupe presents A Chance Encounter

  • 13 Jul 2019
  • 7:00 PM
  • Puppet Showplace Theater, 32 Station Street, Brookline MA 02445

Puppetry! Comedy! Music! Martial Arts! Taiwan’s legendary I Wan Jan Puppet Troupe shares the rich traditions of Bu Dai Xi hand puppetry in this delightful action-packed show. When a mild-mannered scholar leaps to defend a lady, a mid-day stroll turns into an unforgettable encounter. Three master puppeteers showcase expert puppetry while a five-person orchestra provides drumming and lyrical music backstage.


“A Chance Encounter,” is a delightful story told almost entirely without words through movement and music, showcasing the intricate and acrobatic movements of Bu Dai Xi puppetry. The energetic performance will be followed by a brief conversation with the artists, with American Bu Dai Xi practitioner and I Wan Jan student Margaret Moody facilitating.

The name “Bu Dai Xi,” (布袋戲) meaning “cloth bag theater,” points to the style’s modest materials and origins. A puppet’s head, hands and legs are folded into its cloth body after a show, and packed into a travel box along with puppet-sized props, an innovation developed in the 18th century as puppeteers traveled in rural Taiwan and Fujian.

The I Wan Jan troupe’s fourth generation of puppeteers continues the tradition of small puppets with big impact, subtly moving their hands to transform cloth puppets into graceful ladies, scholars and raucous clowns.

Recommended for ages 7 to adult.

Tickets available HERE


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