Directed and Performed
by Yang Feng
This program has been funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts
Special thanks to the Yueh Lung Shadow Theater
YANG FENG is a fifth-generation puppeteer from Zhangpu, Fujian Province, China. He began learning the art of Chinese hand puppetry at the age of six from his father, the renowned puppet master. At age 11, Yang Feng gave his first performance: by 20, he was an established puppeteer. From 1979 to 1990, he was the artistic director of the Fujian Hand Puppet Troupe, which consisted of 60 people, including puppeteers and puppet makers, as well as musicians, costume makers, carpenters, designers and administrators. After the Tianamen Square massacre, Yang Feng publicly protested the government action and sought asylum in the U.S. Since then, he has been teaching workshops and performing in festivals throughout the country.