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London International Mime Festival: Hand Stories: Yeung Fai
It starts with hands: his father’s hands, his brothers’, his countrymen’s, and above all his own.
Youngest in a line of five generations of puppeteers, Yeung Fai’s family fell victim to Mao’s Tse Tung’s Cultural Revolution: its ancient craft deemed decadent, and banned. Set against the vast changes that swept China during the 20th century this poignant story of a boy’s journey to freedom in the West is Yeung Fai’s personal history.
Hand Stories brilliantly interweaves modern multimedia effects with traditional Chinese puppetry. Manipulating a panoply of classic, Beijing Opera figures with great virtuosity - tigers, dragons, concubines, clashing warriors - and a rock'n'roll guardian angel, Yeung Fai and French puppeteer Yoann Pencolé reveal secrets of an age-old artform. Taiwanese visual artist Yllan Yeh’s stunning images and Australian composer Colin Offord’s original score add to the magic.