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SHADOW PUPPETTwo 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 presents 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 will take 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 presents an interactive workshop as a complement to her Two Tales from Southeast Asia program. Participants will be introduced to the mechanics, techniques, and history of shadow puppetry, and will be prepared for deeper appreciation of Borderies’s performance.  By registering for the workshop, you receive discounted admission to the performance in general seating. For more information regarding the workshop, please visit the “Workshops” page under the “Other Programs” tab found on our website.



Workshop Only

Performance Only




$20 (Advance Payment ONLY)

$25 (Advance Payment ONLY)

General (including Faculty/Staff)   




Students/ Seniors (65+)




Tickets may be purchased in advance by credit payment online, or cash/check in our office, Suite 302, until Friday, October 31. Tickets paid at the door will be subject to a $5 charge, as specified above.

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Charles B. Wang Center

Stony Brook University
100 Nicolls Road, Suite 302
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4040

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