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Upcoming Fall 2015 Workshops

puppet workshop

Trick or Treat: Shadow Puppet Making
with Caroline Borderies & Christian Barthod
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Admission: $5 (General including Students, Seniors) / FREE (Kids 12 and under)

Acclaimed French puppetry artists Caroline Borderies and Christian Barthod will present a hands-on workshop before their performance of Two Tales of Trickers from Southeast Asia. Participants will be introduced to the mechanics, techniques and history of shadow puppetry, preparing them for a deeper appreciation of the performance to follow.

It’s a great afternoon for kids: Workshop participants will get to make puppets in the shape of traditional Halloween characters such as witches, cats, ghosts, and bats as well as other scary characters celebrated in Asia.


About the Artists

Caroline Borderies is a French-born artist living in New York City. Her creations are constructed of three elements: original sharp-silhouette shadow puppetry, personally written text, and accompanying music and sound effects. Ms. Borderies has worked on commissions from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and for the Bard Graduate Center. Between 2003 and 2011 she created special annual performances for The Children's Aid Society/Philip Coltoff Center-Harvest Festival. She has also created a historical fiction show for The Bartow Pell Mansion Museum in the Bronx, conducted workshops in shadow puppetry for many public and private schools in New York City and has been twice invited by The Brearley School to serve as the Artist in Residence.

Ms. Borderies’ recent work includes Aung’s Voyage; Carnival of the Elephants; The Secret of Liu Tai - The Vase Maker; The Lost Jewelry Box at Bard Graduate Center; A Year with the Bartow Family at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum; In The Deep Blue Sea and Bugs and Planets at the American Museum of Natural History; and The Milliner’s Daughter and Perseus at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Christian Barthod was born in a small French village in the Jura Mountains. His formative years were spent in Guyana on the north Atlantic coast of South America. Trained at Ecole du Louvre as an Art Historian, he worked for many years in museums and contemporary art galleries. More recently, Mr. Barthod has focused his interest on high-end interior design with a special concentration in age-old techniques such as boiserie (hand-carved wood paneling) and custom surface finishes (e.g. mica and eggshell.) An avid traveler, Mr. Barthod currently divides his time between Manhattan and Ulster County in upstate New York, where he has lately begun creation of his own line of unique art objects and nature-inspired one-of-a-kind lamps. Barthod’s many years practicing of butoh (a form of Japanese dance theatre) have provided a significant foundation for his new shadow puppetry collaboration with Caroline Borderies.

origami workshop

Fabric Origami Techniques
with Wonju Seo
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Session 1        10:00AM - 12:00PM       Session 2         1:00PM - 3:00PM

Each session is the same, so please only sign up for one.
Seating for each session is limited to 20.

Admission: $20 (General) / $10 (Students/Seniors)
Fee includes all materials.


Patchwork artist Wonju Seo will teach diverse origami techniques for folding fabric in order to create exciting and beautiful geometric designs influenced by traditional Korean temple door patterns. All origami experience levels are welcome.



Origami Heaven
On View September 9 - December 31, 2015
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery


Past Programs

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Fax: (631) 632-9503
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