Definition of shadow theatre in English:

shadow theatre

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  • A display in which the shadows of flat jointed puppets are cast on a screen which is viewed by the audience from the other side. Such shows originated in East Asia, and were popular in London and Paris in the 18th and 19th centuries; they survive in traditional form in Java and Bali.
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    • He says in India the hand shadow theatre is not popular because it is very difficult.
    • Between them is a reconstruction of the shadow theatre that was to be so popular before the advent of cinema, complete with zinc silhouettes used in these labour-intensive productions.
    • The play incorporates a variety of theatrical and multimedia elements, including dance, video and shadow theatre.

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