Puppet Performance: Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Troupe

In a special partnership with the Michigan Chinese Women Association, the DIA is proud to present Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Theatre Troupe of Taiwan. With an emphasis on preserving the traditional art form, this century-old family theater has handed down traditional practices and stories through five generations, while also infusing modern techniques and original stories to keep this art form relevant to modern audiences.

The troupe invites you to experience Taiwanese shadow puppetry in three plays: The Sandbag Trilogy (a comedic series of entanglements with a seemingly mischievous sandbag) The Mountain of Flames (an excerpt from the classic 16th Century Chinese novel Journey to the West) and Momotaro (a traditional Japanese folktale). To highlight this melding of Taiwanese and Japanese cultural traditions, Kanako Morishita, storyteller and Japan Outreach Coordinator based in Lansing, will conclude the performance. Guests will then be invited backstage to get a hands-on experience with the beautifully handcrafted puppets. Narration in Taiwanese with live music. Recommended for all ages. 

Can't make this date? The DIA is proud to present additional free performances at these venues within the tri-county area:  

  • Nov. 11 @ 2 p.m. — SOLD OUT Macomb Center for Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp., MI 48038
  • Nov. 12 @ 7 p.m. Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Library, 343 South Fifth Street, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Nov. 13 @ 7 p.m. — Oakland Community College / Orchard Ridge campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48334


This event is sponsored by the Detroit Institute of Arts/Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures, Michigan Chinese Women Association, Macomb Center for Performing Arts, Oakland Community College, Oakland University Taiwan Week, and the Taipei Cultural Center in New York.


Arts of Asia: A Year-Long Celebration is presented with the November 4, 2018 opening of the DIA's new Robert and Katherine Jacobs Asian Wing.

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