新和平加礼戏班

新和平加礼戏班

The Master Puppeteer

The Master Puppeteer
Mr Yang Lai Hao is the sole inheritor of Sin Hoe Ping Jia Li Puppet Troupe. Mr Yang was fascinated with the art of puppetry, while watching his grandfather, who bought the troupe over from Putian in Fujian in china in the 1930s. Mr Yang had mastered all the elements of puppetry including stage setup, back and front stage performance supports. The strings puppet are made by Mr Yang, including choosing of the costume, making DIY props. It took Mr Yang more than 10 years to master playing of the instruments, sing and manipulating the puppets. But with his passion towards this art form had kept him moving and become a Master puppeteer today.

Types of Puppetry

The troupe handles 2 different types of puppets, which is String Puppets (Jia Li Xi) and Hand Puppets (Pu Dai Xi) in 2 different languages, which are Hokkien & Heng Hwa.

The performances are usually tucked away in one secluded corner of a detached house or temple, far from the buzzing city. Traditional puppetry is a fascinating art form, for the puppets are playing not for human eyes, but for the Taoist deities which are usually held to commemorate the birthday of various gods (神诞)Save

Hand Puppetry 布袋戏

Hand Puppetry 布袋戏
Hand Puppetry are most common seen at the temples and streets than String Puppetry. Hand puppetry focus more on the palm and the fingers to move the puppets. The puppets are made of wood and the costumes are made of silk material. The face feature, different colour and design of costumes are used to differentiate the gender and types of puppets. Hand puppets is easier to pick up as compared to string puppets.

Hand Puppet Stage Backdrop

Hand Puppet Stage Backdrop
The stage used for strings and hand puppets is also different as it will be cater to allow performer to move around freely.

String Puppetry 加礼戏

String Puppetry 加礼戏
String Puppetry was the most traditional puppetry passed down from Putian China, it takes more than you can perform. String puppets are difficult to master as a formidable amount of practice and skills needed to perform a martial scene where puppets exchange blows or engage in intense fights; in the hands of unskilled puppeteers, many strings can become entangled. In the event of fights scene, the puppeteer will also be moving along with the puppets, focused in the scripts and roles together with the music turns the performance into a live case of puppets.

Singapore National Heritage Fair - Tiong Bahru Plaza

As part of Singapore National Heritage Fair, Sin Hoe Ping puppet troupe was invited to be part of the project last year. And this is the 2nd time he is performing in a shopping mall, and Tiong Bahru Plaza has always been a nostalgic place that you can hang out with.

The performance was about 20 minutes spread out to 3 different weekends, and the story is an excerpt from the Journey to The West. With a short modified story full of fun and laughter using hokkien language has made the smile on every audiences worth waiting for the show to start.








 

Reliving at Haw Par Villa

Reliving Haw Par Villa, the event was part of the ongoing Tourism 50 campaign by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to encourage Singaporeans to visit attractions. Happening on 15,16, 22, 23 March 2014. Sin Hoe Ping Puppet Troupe was invited to perform at this special event. 2 Sessions of 20 Minutes each per day spread over 4 weekends. Despite of rain or sunny, the audiences will always make their way and time to wait patiently for this rare performance to be played. 






Life, On A String - Video

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A short clips of Wu Kong and Ba Jie before they set off their Journey.

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A nearer close up, you can see how the puppeteers actually manipulate the puppets.  This is a scene whereby Wu Song was battling with the tiger and kills the tiger with his bare hands.

Life, On A String @ Empress Place

As part of Regenerating Communities, Mr Yang was invited for two evening performance at the ACM Green at Empress Place on 16 & 17 February 2012.

The programme are break into 3 sessions each day.

6pm 西游记(Journey To The West)
Synopsis: A Chinese classic retold as Tripitake (Tang San Zang) rescues ''The Great Sage'' (Sun Wu Kong) from the mountain which he was trapped under for 500 years as punishment for wrecking havoc in heaven. They meet Pigsy (Zhu Ba Jie) and Sandy (Sha Wu Jing) later, who also become Tripitaka's disciples. The Four embark on a pilgrimage to collect scriptures from the Western Heaven.

7pm 猴子娶妻 (Monkey's Wedding)
Synopsis: This original story by Mr Yang Lai Hao is based on the saying ''Monkeys See Monkeys Do''. Monkeys in the forests try to imitate the ways of the humans by re-enacting the human marriage ceremony. The hilarious situations caused by monkeys acting like their human counterparts make this homegrown story full of fun and laughter. 

8am 武松打虎 (Wu Song Fights The Tiger)
Synopsis:This story is an excerpt from the classic novel, The Water Margin. Despite being warned about the presence of a ferocious tiger at Mount Jingyang, Wu Song heads straight there to visit his brother. Coincidentally, Pan Jin Lian (Wu Song's sister-in-law) and her maid are also making their way down the mountain. Wu Song hears shouts from Pan Jin Lian and comes face-to-face with the tiger. After a grueling battle, he kills the tiger with his bare hands.