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Taiwanese Puppets at World Games Opening Ceremony

The World Games is an international multi-sport event held every four years. This event is meant for mostly sports that are not in the Olympics, for example: korfball, fistball, Tchoukball, softball, beach handball, trampoline and tumbling gymnastic, and sumo. Yeah, I bet you haven’t seen half of these games, which makes it even more interesting.

This year’s World Games is held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. And as we know about these kind of events, the opening ceremony is often a big performance put on by the host country showcasing their culture. And of course, one of the most Taiwanese thing is its puppetry. The opening ceremony features two of the most popular singers for today’s TV puppet shows, five people dressed as puppet show characters, over 200 puppets and the puppet master who provides the voice for each speaking character. To summarize the premise: basically it’s a good vs. evil story and they are fighting it out. Hence all the dry ice and fireworks for special effects. It’s really cool for me to see puppets performed in an occasion like this. Unfortunately, the lighting is not good, and really, the puppets are hard to see from such a distance. But it was cool nevertheless, especially the huge video projection in the very beginning.

Here’s another clip from a rehearsal. You can see the puppets and how the puppeteers are manipulating them so much better.


  1. July 25th, 2009 | 1:03 am

    Wow, those are elaborate performances. The puppets are cool, but I have to admit I’m smitten with the costumes that the singers are wearing, especially that silver getup – the one that’s decorated with CDs. Super cool (I love costumes).

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  2. July 26th, 2009 | 11:53 pm

    Haha, really? Glad that you liked it. Some Taiwanese people who watched the show didn’t like the costumes though, because they are not quite the same as those that they put on the actual puppets, but of course that’s a different kind of bias…

    Either way, that was cool to see, and the event was a success. :)

  3. August 3rd, 2009 | 9:57 pm

    This is fascinating!

  4. August 6th, 2009 | 11:46 pm

    It was certainly interesting to see. :-)

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