FACING WEST SHADOW OPERA
|MAR. 19: ROURKE + GALLAGHER + PUPPETS: FACING WEST
+ A star-studded lineup is showcased for this latest in our series of engagé experimental animation! In person is Dee Hibbert-Joneswith her (and Nomi Talisman’s) rotoscopedtour de force Last Day of Freedom, following films from Jodi Mack, Nancy Jean Tucker, and the Quay Brothers. Martha Colburn affords us the world premiere of her Drumpf and Booo, a cut-out cut-up of Donald Trump! Kelly Gallagher is represented with a few of her feministflame-throwers, while regional geniusJeremy Rourke embodies and embellishes his two new pieces with glockenspiel andharp, and maybe a trapeze, and surely a trampoline. PLUS Facing West, Lydia Greer’s plucky puppet troupe, performing their live-musical shadow-show. AND Gerry Anderson, talking ostriches, and Brother Gilbert’s Temescal home-brew!
After Dark: Extended Cinemas MARCH 3rd, 2016 at the EXPLORATORIUM!
Thursday, March 3, 2016 • 6:00–10:00 p.m.
The warm glow of the projected image invites us to in-between worlds. During this cinematic celebration, now an annual favorite, the passive act of watching turns to listening, peering, touching, and interacting as Exploratorium Cinema Arts takes over museum spaces to provide experiences—both on and off the screen—created by artists and filmmakers from the Bay Area and beyond.
In Praise of Shadows: Live Shadow Puppetry, Opera, and Found Film Projection
In Praise of Shadows is a handcrafted, multisensory immersion into a key moment in the evolution of the American West. Drawing inspiration from the book Walt Whitman and the Opera, the piece explores Whitman’s obsession with the traveling operas of the Wild West in the Gold Rush era. A dense and holistic visual landscape made from projected video, animation, and shadow theater is paired with live operatic voice and cello to create a unique and poetic examination of local history.
Facing West Shadow Opera is a collective of artists, filmmakers, and musicians hybridizing art forms to create unique performances, each akin to a live graphic novel with euphoria-inducing live chamber music. facingwestshadowtheatre.wordpress.com
6:00–10:00 p.m. • Galleries and bars open