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- Hua Hua Zhang donated her puppets “Nu Wa” “Eamon” “Three Concubines”  and masks  “Soul Voice” in CHINA CHENGDU SHADOW PUPPET MUSUM in 2013

Best Creativity” Award 2012

Butterfly Dreams received an award  for “Best Creativity at The 21st UNIMA Congress & World Puppet Festival in Chengdu, China on June 3, 2012. 

About “Butterfly Dreams” 

Hua Hua Solo Installation Exhibition

Open at Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia PA 2013

Installation performances photos by Photographer Johanna Austin

DANCE USA 2014 “Rocky Award”

Hua Hua  Zhang received a “Rocky Award “ from DANCE USA, PHILADELPHIA at FringeArts Center in Philadelphia PA on Sep. 15, 2014. The Rocky Award celebrate outstanding achievement in a production, a performance, a set design, or other accomplishment in Greater Philadelphia's dance community.

Hua Hua’s new version of the “Shadow”

as a collaborate artist performed with Kun-Yang Lin /Dancers newest production: Be-Longing - Light & Shadow at  Drexel University Mandell Theater on March 2014.

Hua Hua Perform Tan Dun’s Orchestral Theatre The Gate with Hamberg Symphony in German 2013



Visual Expressions newest multi-art production Dream of Land  opened at Asian Arts Initiative on February 26 - March 6, 2016.

Dream of Land is innovative, interdisciplinary, and cross cultural show. It explores how balance might be found between the desire of worldly achievement and the desire for inner peace. Through live sculpture, hand puppetry, shadow puppetry, dance and theater, performers enact a series of dreams—about the quest for oneself.

Dream of Land was created by Visual expressions and presented in partnership with Asian Arts Initiative. Generous support has been provided by The Jim Henson Foundation. See more.


Photos by Richard Termine

Hua Hua Zhang solo exhibition

The Dragon Boat Dream is open at Philadelphia International Airport Exhibition from May 20, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

White Nights  白夜

White Nights World premiere at Lize International Puppet Art Festival in Taiwan  November 17, 2017.

Hua Hua Zhang received a commission to create an installation & puppet art performance for Lize International Puppet Art Festival in Taiwan in 2017.  Visual Expressions will give three performances and a week-long residency at the Lizé Puppet Art Colony. The theme for the Festival in 2017 is ‘When traditional puppetry encounters the contemporary’. This project will gives Hua Hua Zhang an opportunity to honor the tradition of puppetry as well as take a risk to push the limits of traditional puppetry into contemporary.


Interview artist Hua Hua Zhang by —Isabella Siegel, FringeArts Festival



Tian Wen - Heavenly Questions for Modern Times      World Premiere Nov. 3, 2018

Hua Hua Zhang / Visual Expressions is very honored to be invited to perform latest production Tian Wen at The Ellen Stewart Theater of

La MaMa in NY. Hua Hua will take this opportunity to continue pursuing her vision of puppetry performance.

La MaMa - Ellen Stewart Theatre

66 East 4th St. NY

Nov 3rd - 8:00pm 

Nov 4th - 3pm

Nov 5th - 7pm

The Mythical Chinese Dragon

Solo Exhibition FringeArts Festival 2019 Philadelphia 

Sep 4 - Oct 4, 2019

Exhibition is the latest work of Hua Hua Zhang as part of 2019 Fringe Festival of Philadelphia. The exhibition supported by Asian Arts Initiative’s Shared Spaces program.

Dream of Land  地之梦     World premiere at Asian Arts Initiative  Mar. 2016


Performance at Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia   

Valentine’s Day Special Night - Artist Bash: To Die For 

Feb. 14. 2020 at 8:00pm

Hua Hua Zhang and her team presented a series of individual evocative dreams in a blend of contemporary and traditional art form. The dreams explore the differences in feelings, concerns, and behaviors between East and West that Hua Hua Zhang has observed during her artistic journey in America.


Figure and Balloon - How might we learn to accept our essential loneliness?

Paper Woman’s Nightmare - These days, why do we become so filled with fear and anxiety?

Who Are You? - Why does the focus on ourselves get in the way of knowing others?

Water - How might we learn to value ourselves for who we are, not for who others wish we would be?

Pan Gu - Chinese mythology story. A unique traditional shadow puppet play with a contemporary feature.

World premiere at Courtyard of Barnes Foundation Philadelphia.

March 1, 2020    1:00pm & 3:00pm

Photos by Josh Hubert

Photos by Richard Termine