The Origin of the Tiger: A Cinematic Shadow Puppetry Performance
Tuesday, April 18 @ 7:30 pm
The ancient art of shadow puppetry, or sbaek in Khmer, has been performed in Cambodia for thousands of years. The art form, nearly wiped out under the country’s oppressive Khmer Rouge regime, has seen a revival in recent years. Made of large unarticulated leather panels carved with intricate designs, the puppeteers dance and move their puppets against a backlight that brings to life the myths and stories of Cambodia in silhouette.
Created by artist, Dan Walker, The Origin of the Tiger is based on a Cambodian folk tale that tells the story of a king’s obsession with obtaining power and the consequences that follow through a combination of shadow puppets, live action, dance, music, and more,