El Gamma Penumbra (photo: Philstar).Shadow play is an ancient art of storytelling. The art uses shadows cast from puppets on a screen to tell a story. It is a form of entertainment throughout much of Southeast Asia. El Gamma Penumbra is a Filipino performing group that used shadow play techniques to win the “Asia’s Got Talent” competition.

Photo: El Gamma Penumbra (© Philstar).

Origin of Shadow Play

The shadow play was created over 2000 years ago in ancient China. The story is that when a favorite concubine of Emperor Wu died, he ordered his court to bring her back to life. They did so with a shadow puppet of the woman.

Shadow Play: El Gamma Penumbra Performance

Video: El Gamma Penumbra (source: YouTube).

El Gamma Penumbra

El Gamma Penumbra is a Filipino shadow play performance group. They originally were a hip-hop dance group. However, with so many hip-hop dance groups in the Philippines, they switched to shadow play. They utilize a combination of props and their bodies to cast shadows upon a screen.

In 2015, the group won the $100,000 grand prize in “Asia’s Got Talent.” Their performances carry a message on modern social problems.

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What made El Gamma Penumbra win, Philstar.


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Ronand Abella

Sila ay na nalo sa filipino. Sila Ay nag papakita ng mga asian.At hindi sila nag tunlung a iba.

Ronand Abella

Shadow Play is an art that tells a story. They use their shadow body to make things and people.In “Asia’s Got Talent” Filipino people won by doing shadow play technique.They won 100,000.

Ronand Abella

Natutunan ko na angmga tao ay ginagawa anino na papet.

Ronand Abella

I learned that the man is doing shadow puppet.