Upcoming Fall 2015 Performances
Admission: $10 (General) / $5 (Students/Seniors)
Verena Tay shares stories from Singaporean folktales with a twist using her quirky brand of humour to delight and encourage her audience to appreciate a different perspective on life. For thirty years, Verena Tay has practised theatre as well as telling, writing and editing stories in Singapore, one of the world’s most multicultural and fastest developing nations. In this sharing, she will read/perform excerpts from her plays and short stories, talk about her creative inspirations and journey, as well as give some insights about the English language literary and theatrical scene in contemporary Singapore. Supported by the Singapore International Foundation and Something to Write Home About.
About the Artist
A Singapore-based writer and editor, Verena Tay (www.verenatay.com) has published a short story collection, Spectre: Stories from Dark to Light (2012) as well as three play collections, and has edited seven fiction anthologies, including the popular Balik Kampung series published by Math Paper Press. A seasoned storyteller and theatre practitioner, Verena has brought traditional and original stories alive in her unique fashion, delighting audiences in Singapore, Scandinavia, Australia, the U.S. and Malaysia. An Honorary Fellow at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (Aug–Nov 2007), she holds three Master's degrees in English Literature, Voice Studies and Creative Writing.
Admission: $10 (General) / $5 (Students, Seniors) / FREE (Kids 12 and under)
Shadow puppetry 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 them under 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 from the eighteenth century until the end of the nineteenth century.
French puppet masters Caroline Borderies and Christian Barthod revive this cross-cultural art form by interpreting classical Asian folk tales with their own distinctive French flair. In this performance Ms. Borderies and Mr. Barthod will present "Two Tales: Xieng Mieng Stories", about the popular Lao character Xieng Mieng, who uses his quick wits and his sly sense of humor to challenge the king, and "The Adventures of Sang Kancil the Mouse-Deer" from Malaysia, about a popular character who uses wit and intelligence to triumph over big and mean-spirited animals.
This world-class puppetry will be a delight for kids and adults alike.
Trick or Treat: Shadow Puppet Making
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 1:30-3:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel
Admission: $5 (General, Students, Seniors) / FREE (Kids 12 and under)
Admission: $10 (General) / $5 (Students/Seniors) / Free (Kids 12 and under)
The performance will be followed by a conversation with Mansai Nomura and Professor Izumi Ashizawa (SBU Theatre Arts Department)
The Masau-no Kai Kyogen Company was founded by Mansaku Nomura II, a Living National Treasure of Japan, and is now also led by his son, Mansai II, part of a 250 year-old theatrical family line. Kyogen is one of the four representative classical theater arts of Japan which includes Noh, Bunraku and Kabuki. Kyogen is a medieval popular comedy founded in the early 14th century in Kyoto and which became integrated into the middle of each Noh play. Mansaku has been a pioneer in sharing Kyogen, as both a traditional and contemporary art, with audiences around the world.
Co-produced by SBU Theater Arts Department, Japan Society and Izumi Ashizawa Performance.