Valencia, CA, March 19 -- California Institute of the Arts' (CalArts) School of Theater and The Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts present Peter's Shadow, a new cinematic shadow puppetry performance adapted and directed by Christine Marie, third year MFA student in Theater with emphasis in Puppetry and Integrated Media. Peter's Shadow features live, original music by Gerhard Schultz and dance choreography created by Christie Nelson Sala. Peter's Shadow is in Ensemble Theater I (E400) at CalArts (24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia) on Tuesday, April 28 through Friday, May 1, 2009 at 8:00pm and Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. Admission is free and by reservation only. For reservations, please visit www.calarts.edu/events .
An adaptation of the 18th century story, Peter Schlemihl by Adelbert von Chamisso, Peter's Shadow blends ancient puppetry techniques with 3D shadow scenes to create an innovative spectacle. Throughout his journey, Peter navigates the cusp of reality and fairytale to find friendship, true love and a purse of endless gold. In the story Peter must battle the Grey Man for his shadow in order to experience the importance of his soul.
Christine Marie has devoted over a decade to learning and performing shadow theater. She has worked with her mentor, Larry Reed, on over thirty productions while serving as a company member of ShadowLight in San Francisco. Her past work also includes travels to Bali to study with shadow master Pak Narda, co-founding a puppetry theater company and working as a teaching artist certified in Aesthetic Education by the Lincoln Center Institute. Christine's current work focuses on large-scale shadows in an immersive environment with actors and mechanisms in clear view of the audience.
Composer Gerhard Schultz is an MFA student in Experimental Sound Practices. He holds a degree in Music Composition from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and previously studied at the Center for the Creation of Music: Iannis Xenakis in Paris. Choreographer Christie Nelson Sala is an MFA 2 student in CalArts' Lund School of Dance.
California Institute of the Arts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater--CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on artmaking excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.