30 Jul '11, 8am

Disappearing icon: Puppeteer

Tan Poh Hong memorises entire scripts and sings in dialect as she handles wooden dolls half her size. It’s no easy task – each of the puppets are garbed in embroidered costumes and weigh two to three kilograms each, and need to be controlled with multiple strings. Not to mention having she has to voice different characters simultaneously, while moving each puppet’s arms gracefully along to the lyrics. It’s been more than 40 years since Tan started learning the tricks of the trade. ‘My parents themselves were puppeteers, and I followed them around to their performances as a child, helping them with the business,’ she says. ‘I’ve never held any other jobs besides this.’ Usually found at traditional Chinese religious rituals (like the Hungry Ghost Festival) held at makeshift tents in the heartlands, these puppet shows are typically a performance for spirits and deities. There...

Full article: http://www.timeoutsingapore.com/rojak/feature/disappearin...

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