Posted By Lester V Ledesma

Often playing to an audience of none, the dying art of Chinese street opera - known locally as wayang - exists in Singapore only because of traditional Taoist celebrations that require its presence.

 

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The wage for a wayang performer stands at around SGD$50 per day. Actors who are below retirement age do this only as a part-time job.
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Very few, if any young Singaporeans are taking up this art form. In the last 10 years that I've lived in this island, I've seen about half a dozen troupes close down. The current crop of performers feel they are the last of their kind.


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