Julia Surba - Shadow Theater

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A shadow play is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment. The performance involves the projection of light or fire on a white screen, on which performers use figures or puppets to produce shadows. It is popular in various cultures, f.e. in Indonesia, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Turkey, Persia and Greece.

In Ancient Kuzhebar the shadow theatre was usually a part of ritual celebrations such as solstice and moon rituals. Traditionally the shadow play was shown near the fire place inside a big drum (=Buben) and was synchronized with the drummer playing.

Here you can see a shadow theater piece devoted to a winter solstice.

Music : Vladiswar Nadishana
Shadow theater: Julia Surba

The aim of this project is to rebuild and to develope the kuzhebarian tradition of shadow theater.




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