FOR the first time, Yangon hosted
a puppet performance show
with participants from nine countries
at the National Theatre in
Dagon Township yesterday.
The event was coordinated by the Ministry for Religious Affairs and Culture and facilitated by the Myanmar Thabin Association (Central) while the Myanmar Puppeteer Association headed the programmes.
Puppet performers from India, Israel, Thailand, France, Australia, China, USA, and Indonesia participated in the event.
Myanmar Puppeteer Association Chairperson Daw Ma Ma Naing said they performed traditional string puppets with experts from the National University of Arts and Culture, Yangon.
She said each country had a different way of performing. "Thailand uses stick puppets and shadow puppetry and European countries include human performances too," said Daw Ma Ma Naing.
Myanmar puppeteers perform their string puppets with their musical ensemble (saing waing), France performed a puppet in the shape of a man playing a guitar, India's puppets performed with stick puppets and shadow puppets, China performed with human puppets and dances, and Europe performed with a mix of puppets and human performers.
Daw Khaing Khaing from Mayangone Township said the performance from foreign countries were spectacular but different. She said she wants Burmese puppet performances to be more widespread in the future.
The Myanmar Puppeteer Organization has performed three times at the World Puppet Festival in France, and also in the US, Finland, Germany, Japan, Laos, Singapore, Cambodia, the Philippines and twenty other countries around the world.