Facing West Shadows: Phantasmagoria
With Facing West Shadows

Saturday, July 30, 2022 • 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 31, 2022 • 2:00 p.m.

Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

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Join us for the premiere of Facing West Shadows: Phantasmagoria. Performed by the Bay Area collective Facing West Shadows, the work is a live, multimedia, shadow-theater opera inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Robber Bridegroom.” It incorporates puppetry and shadow play, video projection, stop-motion animation, and live music. Ethereal operatic voice, piano, and clarinet merge with a phantasmagoria of shadows to tell a story about resilience and the power of truth. The premiere brings together two ancient art forms: fairy tales, many of which predate literary records, and shadow puppetry, which uses allegory, drama, music, and the beauty of shadows to tell stories. Ancestors, animals, ecosystems, and communities comprise networks of resistance across space and time in this spellbinding work.

Led by Artistic Director Lydia Greer and Theatrical Director Caryl Kientz, Facing West Shadows is a collective of artists, puppeteers, filmmakers, and musicians hybridizing art forms to create magical acts of rebellion as experimental art. Expanding into film, theater, and installation, Facing West Shadows creates surprising experiences for the audience by seamlessly combining old and new technologies and art forms.


This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.