Cathay: Three Tales of China

Friday, October 21, 2005 - Sunday, October 23, 2005

The Washington premiere of this new work using ancient shadow puppetry techniques and cutting-edge multimedia tells stories from three eras in China.



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Profound…marvelous…multimedia pageantry. The puppetry amazes!"
--The Seattle Times

'Cathay' is entertaining, thought-provoking, and wise."

An intense expression of the beauty, freshness, wit, and compassion of [Ping] Chong's art"

--The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Ping Chong & Company with the Shaanxi Folk Art Theater
Cathay: Three Tales of China

Conceived, written, and directed by Chinese-American artist Ping Chong in collaboration with the puppetry division of Shaanxi Folk Art Theater from Xian, China, the Washington premiere of this new Kennedy Center–commissioned work combines ancient shadow puppetry techniques with cutting-edge multimedia effects to transport audiences to a realm of mystery and savage beauty. The production encompasses three different eras in China's history: from the ancient Tang Dynasty and sumptuous palaces, to a moving story of survival during World War II, to the lobby of a luxurious 21st-century "Grand Hotel" representing China's re-emergence as a global economic force. 

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

View a 6-minute video on the making of Cathay at
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Free Post-Performance Discussion
In the Terrace Theater, join a discussion with the artists immediately following the performance, moderated by dance artist and scholar Dana Tai Soon Burgess. Free with your performance ticket.
Friday, October 21

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