Puppet
Theatre
from
Formosa

In the 18th century puppet theatre (glove, string and shadow puppets) came to Taiwan (called Ilha Formosa or “Beautiful Island” by early Portuguese navigators) from China. On the island of Taiwan puppet theatre had its own unique development. As mainland Chinese traditions were preserved in Taiwan, so have fascinating new innovations been introduced in the 20th century, resulting in one of the liveliest puppet and music theatre cultures in Asia.