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Celebrate the Cambodian New Year  Family Day | Asia Society April 21 2013, 1pm - 4pm

Celebrate the Cambodian New Year Family Day | Asia Society April 21 2013, 1pm - 4pm

Dragon shadow puppet, East Asia-- we made dragon puppets at the Art Gallery of Windsor, (Ontario) during one of their art drop-in afternoons. We were helped by the amazing puppeteer Matthew Romain.

Dragon shadow puppet, East Asia-- we made dragon puppets at the Art Gallery of Windsor, (Ontario) during one of their art drop-in afternoons. We were helped by the amazing puppeteer Matthew Romain.

Michael Chandler      Geiko Naokazu 尚可寿 dressed as the 13th century writer Madame Fujiwara-Tameie (Abutsu Ni) in the Jidai Matsuri 時代祭 at Kyouto 京都, Japan - 2011

Michael Chandler Geiko Naokazu 尚可寿 dressed as the 13th century writer Madame Fujiwara-Tameie (Abutsu Ni) in the Jidai Matsuri 時代祭 at Kyouto 京都, Japan - 2011

Indochina Passion: Sbaek - Cambodian Shadow Puppet Theatre

Indochina Passion: Sbaek - Cambodian Shadow Puppet Theatre

While the Yunnan aesthetic is relatively young, originating around 400-600 years ago, it is one of the most striking in the country.  The rough, thick hide – usually water buffalo or cow – dictated larger puppets with coarser cuts.  Out from behind the light, they look primitive in comparison with their Northern Central cousins.  But, when lit from behind these puppets are some of the most arresting I’ve seen yet – bold, brash and impossible to take your eyes off of.

While the Yunnan aesthetic is relatively young, originating around 400-600 years ago, it is one of the most striking in the country. The rough, thick hide – usually water buffalo or cow – dictated larger puppets with coarser cuts. Out from behind the light, they look primitive in comparison with their Northern Central cousins. But, when lit from behind these puppets are some of the most arresting I’ve seen yet – bold, brash and impossible to take your eyes off of.

Portrait of a Man in Military Costume, School of Jacques-Louis David c.1800-1810

Portrait of a Man in Military Costume, School of Jacques-Louis David c.1800-1810

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