Ouxi: Taiwanese Puppetry Festival

MOA is pleased to launch Spotlight Taiwan, a new initiative that focuses on Taiwan’s complex and multicultural identity. For the next four years, MOA will explore Taiwanese culture as expressed through its performing arts, religions, living cultural representatives, and highly innovative heritage institutions. Spotlight Taiwan is made possible through the generous support of the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Dr. Samuel Yin.


MOA有幸發起『聚焦台灣』– 一個專門研討台灣複雜且多元性文化的創舉。再來的四年中,MOA將透過表演藝術、宗教、台灣現代文物代表、和祖宗傳承習俗來探索台灣文化。


Ouxi Taiwanese Puppetry Festival 

The Taiyuan Puppet Theatre and the Chin Fei Feng Marionette Theatre Troupe from Taiwan will be at MOA offering puppetry workshops, school shows and public performances.


School Shows (Elementary & Secondary)

Tuesday, November 4 to Thursday, November 6, 10am & 12:30pm

A 90-minute program of short puppetry plays and a behind-the-scenes look at how the puppets move, followed by an art activity where students paint their own puppet.

$12/student, reserve by emailing bookings@moa.ubc.ca 



Friday, November 7, 6pm – 9pm

It is a common practice for the puppeteers to make and share food when traveling for performances. In keeping with this tradition, MOA is hosting a community dinner. Share a meal with visiting Taiwanese puppeteers and local First Nations artists.
For more information contact programs@moa.ubc.ca


Public performances (all ages)

Saturday, November 8, 11am & 2pm.

Each performance includes two plays performed by two Taiwanese puppetry troupes, more information listed below.

A Sea of Puppets, Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company

A Sea of Puppets is a traditional Taiwanese glove puppet show performed on a beautifully carved wooden stage. They perform not only delicate gestures, but also exciting fighting scenes and acrobatics. Performed without words, the story is a romantic tale where a young man saves a girl from the hands of a villain.


The Beauty of Taiwanese Marionette Theatre, Chin Fei Feng Marionette Theatre Troupe

Chin Fei Feng introduces the characters of traditional Taiwanese marionette theatre. Accompanied by traditional music, the puppeteers animate characters such as lions, men on horseback, warriors, and acrobats. The performance is full of excitement, sounds and colors.


A Cultural Exchange

Sunday, November 9, 3pm

Visiting Taiwanese puppeteers will spend the day in workshops with invited First Nations artists. At the end of their day, they will present a collaborative experimental work.  Join us for the excitement.


Spotlight Taiwan


November 4 – 9, 2014, Michael Ames Theatre


Republic of China (Tawian), Taiwan Academy

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