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shadow play Syllabification: shad·ow play
Pronunciation: /ˈSHadō plā/

Definition of shadow play in English:


A display in which the shadows of flat jointed puppets are cast on a screen that 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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