French Puppet Show Enchants Chinese Audiences on 60th Anniversary Tour

The French puppet show "De La Fontaine" is touring Chinese cities from May 4 to 12, 2024, as part of the Croisements Festival celebrating 60 years of China-France diplomatic ties. The show has already captivated audiences in Wuhan and Changsha with its giant animal puppets and aerial dancers.

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French Puppet Show Enchants Chinese Audiences on 60th Anniversary Tour

French Puppet Show Enchants Chinese Audiences on 60th Anniversary Tour

As part of theCroisements Festivalcelebrating 60 years of China-France diplomatic ties, the French puppet show "De La Fontaine" is currently touring Chinese cities from May 4 to 12, 2024. The show, staged by international theater company Archibald Caramantran, has already captivated audiences in Wuhan and Changsha with its giant animal puppets and aerial dancers, and is set to continue its journey in Harbin this weekend.

Why this matters: The cultural exchange facilitated by the Croisements Festival and the "De La Fontaine" puppet show tour serves as a symbol of the strengtheningdiplomatic ties between China and France, promoting mutual understanding and cooperation between the two nations. This event also highlights the importance of cultural diplomacy in fostering global relationships and promoting peaceful exchange.

The performances, held in open-air public spaces like shopping malls, bring to life the fables of renowned French writer Jean de La Fontaine, specifically "Red Balloon" and "Rooster and Stork Romance." Olivier Hagenloch, artistic director of Archibald Caramantran, expressed the company's delight in performing for Chinese audiences:"We really enjoy performing for a Chinese audience, asaudiences hereare very playful when interacting with the actors."

The Croisements Festival, now in its 18th year, has long served as a platform for cultural exchange between China and France. This year's edition holds special significance as it marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The festival will feature over 400 events across more than 30 Chinese cities, showcasing the depth and diversity of French culture.

For Archibald Caramantran, the tour has not only allowed them to share their art with Chinese audiences but has also provided an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the country. Hagenloch noted that the visit has helped the company better comprehend China, adding a layer of cultural exchange to their performances.

As the "De La Fontaine" puppet show continues its journey across China, it serves as a testament to the enduring power of art to bridge cultures and foster understanding. TheCroisements Festival, in its 18th year, remains a vital platform for strengthening the cultural ties between China and France, with the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations adding a special significance to this year's events.