Established in February, 2000, The Children’s Cultural Centre (CCC), Luang Prabang Performing Troupe was created when when Ipok puppetmaster Lung Ouane Phothiphanya trained former dancer Senghchanh Phadith how to perform Ipok puppetry.
Ms Senghchanh has since developed a simpler version of Ipok puppetry most notably without the sacred ceremonies for CCC children to perform.
This story is reportedly closer to the original than that performed by the Central Puppet Troupe in Vientiane.
But here, the puppets are not exact replicas of the originals, while those of the Central Puppet Troupe are closer thanks to funding from foreign aid sources in the 1990s.
In addition to Ipok puppetry, the troupe also performs classical and folk music and dance, including a style known as khap thum.