“一口叙说千古事，双手对舞百万兵。”This is Changsha shadow play.
This time Professor Woesler is with the shadow play master He Huaiyu who comes from a family with a long tradition on shadow play. He told Professor Woesler that the practitioner of shadow play were given an indecent name “戏子“ (xi zi). In the past, their profession has a rather low social status in China.
Nowadays, the artistic and cultural values of shadow play have drawn more public attention. Numerous shadow plays have been organized to be shown nationally, and abroad in many cultural exchange events. It became one of the national intangible cultural heritages. He Derun, Huaiyu’s great grandfather, played a major role in promoting it.
Several years ago, Huaiyu gave up his regular jobs, and decided to carry on this family’s tradition. In the future, Huaiyu will work with public educational programs and bring shadow play to campuses.
He told Professor Woesler that these characters in shadow play are not just props for children. They can become a part of the most marvelous childhood fantasies. Professor Woesler said, “perhaps this is the magical power of shadow play.”
Professor Woesler was amazed by the He’s persistence on shadow play. He considered it as a precious cultural heritage in the world. Goethe, the German poet, had also highly praised the art of shadow play in the 19th century. In the end of this tour, master He Huaiyu had given gifts to Professor Woesler, one of which is made of colored leather with a theme on Four great beauties in China. Professor Woesler appreciate these gifts and the friendship with Master He in this brief encounter.
He said that master He Huaiyu’s ideas about education and passing down the heritage inspired him the most, which has enhanced his impression on educational and artistic values of Chinese traditional culture. Shadow play is a composite art form that includes literature, history, poetry, music and so on. No matter which aspects of shadow play speaks with Children, they can promote the art of shadow play accordingly.
作者：陈海波 陈彦 陈加宁 阮梓峰 陈左忆 高国栋