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Shadowy Legend 

Wednesday, Jan 1 2014

Do you need a fairy tale fix without the cheesy dialogue and outdated cliches? Poro Oyna: The Myth of the Aynu tells the story of a human-like god that saves the Sun Goddess from the Evil Monster. Passed down through the Anyu, the indigenous people of northern Japan and Russia, this classic story of a damsel-in-distress takes a dramatic, contemporary turn with larger-than-life images cast alongside the shadows of actors and dancers. The surreal scene is brought to life by Larry Reed, artistic director of ShadowLight Productions, who has mastered the tradition of Balinese shadow theater. Alongside an original score, Reed blends the ancient shadow technique with contemporary mediums, such as massive set construction, puppeteers, and film. Poro Oyna is set to live indigenous music that is performed by an all-female ensemble. The result is a truly innovative multidisciplinary show, set to hypnotizing music, against a gorgeous 30-foot-by-15-foot screen.

Jan. 15-19, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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