Shadow Restoration Project with Chinese Theatre Works
Fou Gallery and Chinese Theatre Works are pleased to invite you to a live shadow puppet show (Pi Ying Xi 皮影戏), a demonstration of antique shadow puppet collection and a lecture of the traditional method of performing a shadow show.
When was the last time you saw a live shadow puppet show? Let alone Chinese shadow puppetry. What do you know about shadow theatre? The Shadow Restoration Project of Chinese Theatre Works (CTW) is dedicated to preserve and promote Chinese shadow puppetry, a.k.a. Pi Ying Xi, an art form that has been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Efforts of this project include collecting and cleaning antique Chinese shadow puppets, properly labeling and categorizing the figures, curating exhibitions using the collection and educate general audience about the arts form, creating new productions based on the collection etc.
- Excerpt of CTW's award winning shadow production Tiger Tales - a show using copies of antique shadow figures from CTW’s collection, overhead projector, to tell stories inspired by traditional Chinese idioms.
- A demonstration of samples from CTW’s antique collection and the traditional method of performing a shadow show
- A glimpse at the world's different shadow figures
- An in-depth conversation with the CTW team about the restoration project
The event is accompanied by a reception of light snacks and drinks.
About Chinese Theatre Works
Chinese Theatre Works (CTW) is a non-profit organization based in New York City. Our mission is to preserve and promote the traditional Chinese performing arts (including opera, shadow theatre, puppetry, dance and music); to create new works that bridge Eastern and Western aesthetics and forms; and to foster understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture in audiences, students, artists and educators around the globe. CTW has been delivering cross cultural works both nationally and internationally for more than two decades. http://chinesetheatreworks.org/