Our story is the first drama in recorded history, repeated every day inside of each of us: the battle between mind and matter.
Conceived by I Wayan
Wija, Larry Reed, and I Dewa Putu Berata
This project is supported by a grant from the Inroads Program developed and managed by Arts International, a division of the Institute of International Education. Inroads is made possible through the Internationalizing New Work in the Performing Arts initiative of the Ford Foundation.
The tour of ShadowLight Productions is made possible in part by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corning Incorporated Foundation, and the Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation.
gratefully acknowledges the support of the following agencies:
We would also like to thank the following individuals: Marcia Lucas, Sam Scripps, and Kate Weisberg.
SHADOWLIGHT PRODUCTIONS started over three decades ago as Larry Reed undertook the study and performance of traditional Balinese shadow theater. In the 1980's he began experimenting with creative lighting techniques behind a movie theater-size screen, where puppets, actors, narrators and musicians all interact as shadowcasters. Bali's most popular shadowmaster, I Wayan Wija, as well as multi-talented artists I Dewa Berata and I Nyoman Catra, have collaborated with Reed in all three ShadowLight productions involving Balinese stories and design. The troupe was awarded the UNIMA-USA Citation for Excellence for productions of both traditional Balinese wayang kulit and In Xanadu, a fantasy on the life of Kublai Khan and his wife Chabui. Other large-screen works have included the 'shadowplay noir' The Wild Party, Dream Shadows with Javanese dancers, Sidha Karya with Gamelan Sekar Jaya, and Mayadenawa, which was produced and performed entirely on Bali. The next project is Dreaming California: Myth and Reality in the Golden State. This is ShadowLight's second appearance at the Festival.