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E-Release: Making Shadow Characters

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Maria Bodmann (af063)
Sun, 10 Jan 1999 09:16:11 -0800

Hi everyone - Happy New Year! Here's our first e-release of 1999. We
have quite a few projects coming up this year. Don't forget to check our
schedule page ( if you want
to see our upcoming performances. Also we have a few web pages about
this residency including photos from last year's classes
( Hope to see you on the
20th. Maria

Making Shadow Characters Residency

An Adventure In Art and Theater
Presented by Shadow Artist, Maria Bodmann
Free Art Classes for Youth

Opening with a Free Performance - RAlice in the ShadowsS
to introduce potential students to the residency. Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, January 20th at 6:30 pm
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater
1345 West First St.
(at Glendale Blvd) Los Angeles


A special performance of RAlice in the ShadowsS will be presented at the
Bob Baker Marionette Theater on Wed., Jan. 20th at 6:30 pm to kick off
the 1999 Making Shadow Characters Residency under the auspices of Youth
Arts Services, Cultural Affairs Dept., City of Los Angeles. Youth ages
12-21 interested in art and theater are invited to participate in this
special opportunity to learn the basic skills of making shadow
characters. RAlice in the ShadowsS will introduce students and guests to
shadow theater and will provide inspiration and background for the
participants. In this unique combination of art, theater, and music,
lacy shadow images are projected on a linen screen with a natural oil
lamp or electric light. The shadow artist manipulates carved leather
figures between the lamp and the screen to bring the shadows to life.

The workshop includes 15 classes focusing on design, carving and painting
techniques, as well as manipulation, and story telling through the
vehicle of shadow puppets. The figures are made of rawhide and are used
in a theatrical context.. Over the course of the program, students will
create original characters or choose from traditional designs. They will
learn how to manipulate puppets and act out short stories, providing
practical experience in theater as well as visual arts. Classes begin on
January 27th at 4:30 and 6:00 pm and will culminate in a public
exhibition and short performance. Call Maria for an application and more

RAlice in the ShadowsS % Jan 20 % 6:30 pm (no reservations needed)
Weekly classes % Jan 27 to May 12 Culmination % May 19
Class Space is limited % Contact Maria for reservations to attend classes
818/768-7696 % shadow

This workshop is made possible by a grant from the Youth Arts Services of
the Cultural Affairs Department, City of Los Angeles and the generosity
of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Los Angeles Unified School District,
the Academy of Puppetry & Allied Arts, Connect LA, and Bali & Beyond.

Maria Bodmann, BALI & BEYOND, shadow
Ph/Fax:  818/768-7696