Wednesday,March 4, 20207:30 p.m.
Thursday,March 5, 20207 p.m.


Théâtre Outremont
1248 Bernard Avenue West
Montréal (Québec) H2V 2V6
Phone: 514-495-9944, ext. #1

All audiences, 5 years +


Festival de Casteliers will open with the screening of Mulan. Unfortunately, Shanghai Puppet Theatre had to cancel its visit to Montréal because of the current situation in China. Despite this, Casteliers present a high definition video of this spectacular, almost cinematic show that combines shadow puppetry with projections on a giant screen. This screening will allow us get a glimpse of the 12 puppeteers working behind the screen, so we can appreciate their truly extraordinary silhouette manipulation, thus maintaining the essence of the live performance of the show.

Adapted from the traditional Chinese folk tale, the show tells the story of Hua Mulan, a girl living during the Wei Dynasty who excels in martial arts and is wise beyond her years. Mulan decides to disguise herself as a man so she can join the army. Her courage in battle and perseverance bring back peace to her country. When she returns home, she humbly refuses to accept credit for her victory.


Very few words. Mandarin with French subtitles.


RUNNING TIME: 50 minutes

TECHNIQUE: Screening of Mulan, Shadow Pupettry and Video Projections






Shanghai Puppet Theatre was founded in 1960 to create shows for young audiences. Today, the company comprises a group of outstanding writers, directors, performers, costume designers, stage designers and puppet makers. Its reputation is enhanced by the diversity of its repertoire and the extensive themes it covers. Chinese shadow puppetry was named an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2011.


Producer: He Xiaoqiong
Artistic Consultant: Hu Xuehua
Shadow Consultant: Wang Junjie
Screenwriter: Wang Hao
Director: Hu Xuehua
Music: He Xuntian
Voices: Zhu Zheqin
Music Editor: Su Junjie
Audio Production: Zhan Xin
Composer: Shao Xiaofei
Stage Designer: Xu Jin
Shadow Designer: Yu Yinong
Light Designer: Cao Junwu
Multimedia Designer: Lin Jun
Multimedia Production: Mia Art Centre
Shadow Director: Ren Guohui
Performers: Cheng Qi, Xu Gaojie, Chen Yiqi, Hou Jing, Wang Zhenchao, Dong Yucheng, Liao Ziyan, Huang Chunxiong, Zhu Youshan, Chen Jin, Shao Zhen
Lights: Cao Junwu
Sound: Shi Denglei
Technicians: Li Feng, Feng Xiaowei and Dou Yunlong


Mulan is presented by Holiday Inn Montréal Downtown

Casteliers would like to thank the Confucius Institute in Québec and the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Montréal for their support.