Mid Autumn Moon Festival
This holiday began centuries ago in China as a way to give thanks for a good harvest. Its traditions and myths center around the Moon, which we too will celebrate in crafts, food and entertainment.
At 1:00pm the Chinese Theatre Works will present a shadow puppetry performance of “Chang-Er Flies to the Moon.” Shadow theatre is an ancient form of storytelling, its roots go back centuries. In many parts of Asia, shadows are a medium for transmitting sacred stories and legends through generations. In the 21st century, shadow theater has blended digital technology, projections and animation together with live performances to create a large-scale moving image spectacle.
“Chang-Er Flies to the Moon” recounts the timeless legend of the Chinese Moon goddess and her husband, the archer/hero Ho Yi. Chinese Theatre Works’ adaptation of this ancient tale of supernatural love caught up in conflict with Heaven and Earth uses overhead projector shadow puppetry, with images and figures modeled on traditional Chinese shadow figures, with a dash of zany humor!
Chinese Theatre Works is a non profit theatre company located in Long Island City, NY. Their mission is to preserve and promote the traditional Chinese performing arts, to create new works that bridge Eastern and Western aesthetics and forms, and to foster understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture. They have performed at the numerous libraries and museums here in America and in China. Following their presentation, there a variety of crafts, tours and games offered along with the opportunity to sample a number of traditional Chinese holiday refreshments. This program is presented through the generosity of UPS.
Cost: Adults $3, Children (ages 3-16) $2 Children under 3 are admitted FREE but must sit on an adult’s lap. Please note: Crafts and food are for ages 3+
Time: Doors to the Auditorium open at 12:30, performance begins at 1:00pm