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Past Performances • Fall 2014

Two Tales from Southeast Asia by Caroline Borderies

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 4PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

Shadow Puppetry, an ancient form of storytelling, is part of the rich theatrical traditions of many Southeast Asian countries. Colonizers and travelers from France encountered this art form in the eighteenth century, and brought it back to Europe with the name ombres chinoises (literally “Chinese shadows,” though the French mainly imitated Indonesian, Thai, and Burmese styles). These ombres chinoises were particularly popular in England and France until the end of the nineteenth century.

French artists Caroline Borderies and Christian Barthod interpret classical Asian tales with French flair, reviving this cross-cultural form. In this program, Borderies and Barthod presented Two Tales:“Aung's Voyage," a Burmese story about a boy who learns the virtues of wisdom, goodness, strength, and knowledge; and "Xieng Mieng Stories," about the popular Thai character Xieng Mieng who uses his quick wits and sly sense of humor to torment and challenge the king. Children will enjoy the playful medium of shadow puppetry, while adults took pleasure in the tremendous artistry and technical skill of Borderies and Barthod.

Complementary Program: Shadow Puppet Making Workshop

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 2:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Acclaimed French artist Caroline Borderies presented an interactive workshop as a complement to her Two Tales from Southeast Asia program. Participants were introduced to the mechanics, techniques, and history of shadow puppetry, and were be prepared for deeper appreciation of Borderies’s performance. 

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The Life of Buddha

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7 pm
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

life of buddhaThis theatrical production The Life of Buddha portrayed the life, journey, and the religious pursuits of the Buddha, also known as Shakyamuni, or Gautama Buddha, including his role as founder of the Buddhist faith. Bringing the Buddha to life on stage in a beautifully poignant and highly captivating interpretation, the play was a must see for all those who are interested in the practice, origins, and evolution of Buddhism.

Scripted and directed by Lushin Dubey and Bubbles Sabharwal of the Theatre World New Delhi, choreography by Santosh Nair, and performed by a group of 14 professional actors, this highly praised production interpreted and illustrated the life of the Buddha and received blessings from the Dalai Lama himself. 

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