CTW’s co-artistic directors, Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin, distill their decades of of research and professional experience in creating cross-cultural performances into a dynamic series of talks and demonstrations that explore the aesthetics, history and contemporary practice of Chinese theater, puppetry using video, Powerpoint and video presentations as well as hands-on encounters with the performing objects and performance practice, makes these informative presentations in-depth learning experiences.
World Shadow Lecture/demo
A lively, guided tour by shadow master and designer Stephen Kaplin, this presentation is a stimulating introduction to the ancient art of making moving images out of light, screen and flat, jointed figures. Samples of traditional and modern shadow figures from across a wide range shadow traditions across the globe, supplemented by photos and videos of performance, the opportunity for audience to try the shadow figures themselves, make this an unforgettable learning experience.
The Eye of Light
A philosophical investigation on the essential elements of shadow performance– light, figure, screen– and why this most ancient form of motion picture performance is still relevant to the 21st Century.
A retrospective tour through CTW’s 23 years experience as educators and producers of ground-breaking cross cultural performance.
Who is Monkey?
The Great Monkey King, Sun Wukung, the star of the 17th Century epic novel, “Journey to the West,” is one of the most beloved characters in Chinese literature and has been a leading star in every Chinese performance genre for the past few centuries (opera, puppetry, TV and Film). This talk explores the cultural signature of the uniquely Chinese embodiment of the wild Cosmic trickster.
The Art of Mei Lanfang
Kuang-Yu Fong introduces the pioneering work of the greatest master of Chinese Opera in the 20th Century. Rich visual material helps highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of Mr. Mei’s 60 years as a master performer, choreographer, teacher and cultural ambassador.
Face Painting in Chinese Opera
In Chinese opera, the visual language of the painted face is important in transmitting the life of a stage character to the audience. Kuang-Yu Fong helps decode the social and cultural meanings of color, pattern and symbols that are used by artist playing the “painted face roles” in traditional Chinese stage performance. Accompanied by an informative Powerpoint presentation and live face-painting demonstrations.
Costume in Chinese Opera
In traditional Chinese Opera, the costume functions as a means of telegraphing a character’s social status and identity. It also functions as a means of extending the movement possibilities of the actor’s body, with “water sleeves,” platform shoes, elaborate headdresses, feathers and banners. Participants will learn the language of the costume and get to try on some of CTW’s beautiful, embroidered silk costumes.