Asia Society Texas Center

Enchanting Puppetry Traditions of Henan

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 – Friday, Feb. 8, 2019

07:00 PM – 08:00 PM

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Experience folk legends and historical tales as the Puppet Troupe of the Henan Opera and Dance Theater performs traditional Chinese puppetry to celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Dating back to the Han Dynasty (202 B.C. – 220 A.D.), zhangtou puppetry requires the master manipulation to tell classic stories well-known in China, such as A Minor Magistrate Settles a LawsuitThe Butterfly LoversMr. Dongguo and the Wolf, and Wu Song Fights the Tiger.

About the Puppet Troupe of the Henan Opera and Dance Theater

Founded in 1958, the Puppet Troupe of the Henan Opera and Dance Theater aims to promote traditional Chinese culture among children. As the main puppet show company of Henan Province, the troupe has since its establishment produced and performed a variety of popular puppet plays including Heroic Two Sisters of the Grassland1.5kg of RiceThe Duck CommanderThe Legend of White SnakeThe Blazing MountainPeter & WolvesThe Legend of Qiyun PagodaA Ventriloquist HunterA Minor Magistrate Settles a LawsuitSnow WhiteThe Butterfly LoversLittle Soccer Fans (TV series), Peony FairyA Story in the Forrest, and The Adventure of A Little Puppet. Many of the plays have won provincial and national awards. Being one of the most active in China, the troupe has performed across the country and frequently toured overseas for the last six decades.

The China series at Asia Society Texas Center is presented by East West Bank. Performing Arts programs at Asia Society Texas Center are presented by Mickey Rosenau and Ellen Gritz. Major support comes from Nancy C. Allen and Mary Lawrence Porter, as well as The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston Endowment, and the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Clayton Fund, Miller Theatre Advisory Board, New England Foundation for the Arts, Schlumberger, Wortham Foundation, Inc., Texas Commission on the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional programming and exhibitions to Asia Society Texas Center. This program is presented in partnership with the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston.


  • Tuesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Closed Mondays and major holidays
  • Free Hours: Admission to the building and Grand Hall exhibition is free. Admission to the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery is free for Asia Society members; $8 for nonmembers.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking in Asia Society Texas Center's lot is $5 for 1-24 hours. Entrances on Caroline and Austin. Limited free and paid street parking also available.

Special Offers / Dining

An India-Inspired Café
Enjoy breakfast and lunch at Pondi! Pondicheri's museum café is open for extended lunch hours Tuesday through Sunday with a vibrant and innovative menu featuring everything from butter chicken to saffron shrimp salad and roti wraps.
Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm


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