The summer is over and 2008 is seemingly making a mad dash toward 2009. It's been a great year of incubating new stuff. My collaborators and I will be doing more of that for the rest of this year, as well as continuing our work in the community. Scroll down to see what's in store for us!
• Premiere of Ghosts of the River set for Fall 2009
"Every man, woman and child who has ever crossed [Rio Grande] has left a part of themselves in the shallows, in the reeds, if not their belongings or their clothes, then their identities, their pasts, and even their lives. Ever since it became a line of demarcation between the US and Mexico, this river has borne the stories of heartbreak, hope, terror and renewal and in its black sooty waters, I feel the ghosts of those stories beckoning me to write them down again." —Octavio Solis
ShadowLight Productions, in partnership with Teatro Vision(website>>), will present the World Premiere of Ghosts of the River, in October – November 2009 in San Jose and San Francisco.
Directed by Larry Reed with an original script by Octavio Solis and art direction by Favianna Rodriguez(website>>), Ghosts of the River explores the US/Mexico border and Immigration issues in six short Twilight Zone like vignettes.
We completed a very successful and satisfying workshop in May. Another workshop and public events are scheduled for March 09. STAY TUNED!
An experimental hybrid work of shadow theatre, dance, and music theatre, inspired by the Beatnik translation (by the Bay Area's own C.H. Kwock and Vincent McHugh)of love poems from 16th century China. Larry Reed will be working with shadows in an entirely different way, playing with screen configurations and video projections. We are very excited to be working with renowned performers Karen Kandel and Yin Mei.
We are ambitiously planning to premiere in NYC and SF in winter 2010/11 after a series of workshops in NYC and SF.
The DVD version of the SF Bay Area hit, Monkey King at Spider Cave, will be released early 2009 packed with special features such as artist interviews, backstage footage and Mandarin/English subtitles. A launch party and screening are planned for early 2009 at Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco.
Monkey King at Spider Cave DVD will join the 7 previous titles in the "Exploration of the Shadow World" series. Thirty years in the making, the series chronicles the creation of ShadowLight's unique visual and theatrical vocabulary, featuring major performances as well as short documentaries detailing the genesis of the individual shows.
We nurture the creativity of the next generation and foster strong ties to the Bay Area communities through hands-on shadow theatre workshops, performances and residencies for public schools, and organizations at low to no cost. In 2007 we reached out to over 1,200 youngsters, family audiences and underserved populations in the Bay Area.
Our experienced teaching artists will tailor the program according to your needs, budget and objectives. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Internship Opportunity
ShadowLight is looking for interns year-round in our administrative and/or production capacities.
**We are particularly interested in finding interns who are fluent in Spa
nish and are interested in working with us onGhosts of the River. Tasks will include (but not limited to)administrative, production and community outreach aspects. Hours are flexible.