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Chinese shadow theater fights against dying of the light

Jul 13, 2019 - 6:49 PM

The legends of the past are the bedrock of China's shadow theatre – a tradition still popular in the countryside, though it has lost much ground in large cities over the last few decades

In this picture taken on May 9, 2019, Jin Xinchun, a member of the Flying Dragon Troupe, creates a shadow puppet at the troupe's studio on the outskirts of Beijing. Shadow puppets flitting across screens and reliving age old stories have fascinated Chinese people for some 2,000 years, but falling audiences mean troupes are having to be creative to stay on the stage. NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP