ShadowLight Productions was founded in 1972 by theatre artist, filmmaker and shadow master, Larry Reed, to nurture indigenous shadow theater traditions and to explore and expand the possibilities of the shadow theatre medium by creating innovative interdisciplinary, multicultural works.
Larry Reed is one of the few Americans to be trained in wayang kulit, Balinese shadow puppetry and performed in this tradition around the world over the last 35 years. In the early 1990's, Reed began expanding the scope of ShadowLight's artistic activities and invented an ingenious shadow casting method, which integrates the traditional shadow theatre techniques, cinematic effects and modern theatre and dance styles. Truly multidisciplinary and performed behind and in front of a large screen (15ftx 30ft), our original works employ specially-designed projectors to cast silhouettes of puppets, actors, and cutout sets, all of which are manipulated to create astonishingly cinematic effects live on stage. Each show features live music and is created by a collaborating ensemble of writers, choreographers, composers, designers, actors, dancers, musicians and puppeteers from the various performing arts traditions such as Chinese, Tibetan, Indonesian, Japanese, Filipino and Latin American.
Festival appearances and commissions include: the Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater (Wayang Listrik: Electric Shadows of Bali and In Xanadu), the Britt Festival (Wayang Listrik), the Spoleto Festival USA (In Xanadu), the World Puppetry Festival (Wayang Bali), the Huddersfield Festival in England (Lou Harrison's Coyote Stories), the Walter Spies Festival in Bali (Mayadanawa), Indonesian National Shadow Theater Festival, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Puppetry Conference (Wild Party and 7 Visions workshop).
Collaborations include: American Conservatory Theatre (The Tempest); Santa Fe and LA Operas (Orfeo with Marilyn Horne); Minneapolis Children's Theater (Whale); Mabou Mines (Mahabharata); the SFArt Institute, Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Karuk tribe of Northern California (Orleans Maiden Spirit Person); Abhinaya Dance Company (Power of Saturn); Mark Taper Forum (Freedom Song); Smuin Ballet (Ain't Necessarily So); Lee Breuer (Peter and Wendy); Keith Terry (Body Cak); Gamelan Sekar Jaya (Sidha Karya and Kawit Legong); Octavio Solis (7 Visions and Ghosts of the River [to be premiered in fall 2009]); Puppet & Its Double of Taiwan (Monkey King at Spider Cave); Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company and Cengiz Ozek (Silk Road) among others.
ShadowLight has performed at such venues as New York's Public Theater, Theater Artaud, Fort Mason Center, SomArts Cultural Center, Brava Theater Center, Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, France's Institut Internationale de la Marionette, the New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts, and California Institute for the Arts, as well as in cities such as Taipei and Istanbul.
The company has twice been awarded the UNIMA/USA Citation for Excellence from the International Puppetry Association. ShadowLight has also been nominated for a theatrical design award by the American Theater Wing. The company work is featured in puppetry and theater journals worldwide including the 1st and 2nd volumes of "Schattentheater," and Eileen Blumenthal's "Puppetry: A World History."
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- Larry Reed
- November 2007
- San Francisco, USA
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