"A TECHNICAL MARVEL! Profound…marvelous…multimedia pageantry. The puppetry amazes!" --The Seattle Times
"BEAUTIFULLY RENDERED...REMARKABLE! 'Cathay' is entertaining, thought-provoking, and wise." --Variety
"'CATHAY' IS PERFECT! An intense expression of the beauty, freshness, wit, and compassion of [Ping] Chong's art" --The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A KENNEDY CENTER COMMISSION 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 seattlechannel.org. ____________________________________________________________________ Performance PlusTM 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