August 31, 2016


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.


Shadow Workshop in Emory

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.

Eye of Light Illustration

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.


Building Bridges

A retrospective tour through CTW’s 23 years experience as educators and producers of ground-breaking cross cultural performance.


Monkey with Peach

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.

Mei Lanfang as an Aspera

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 wkshp

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.

Opera Costume

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.