Virtual Performances & Workshops
Dreams of Land
Live streaming & Pre-recorded performance - 55min
Dreams of Land is an innovative, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural performance for all ages. Artist Hua Hua Zhang and her performance team explores relationships, emotional states, and ways we process them using her unique lens off both Asian and Western viewpoints and attitudes. We learn much about ourselves from how we dream and how we each interpret them differently. And though we all come from different cultures and backgrounds, tere are universal truths in the Human experience that transcend national or racial divides. Through live sculpture, movement, theater, music, and shadow art performance this show presents a series of dreams that span the process of personal growth. World premiere on Nov 11, 2020.
Writer, Artistic Director, Puppet & Installation Sculptor - Hua Hua Zhang
Stage Manager, Camera, and Sound Technician - Adam Danoff
Music Composers - Liang Liang, Cory Neale, Jingzhe Wang
Performers - Hua Hua Zhang, Travis Daniel Draper, and Adam Danoff
"Dreams of Land is a majestic and ethereal experience. The show leads us with sincerity through Hua Hua's story by incredible and expressive means. This expression does not hide difficult emotions from a youthful audience and so carries the tradition of not speaking down to children. I personally appreciate the approach to material which blends the use of contemporary and traditional methods of storytelling which combine to create something unique. This show is incredible, meaningful, and impactful."
~ Matthew C. Shackelford - Free Library of Philadelphia
East Meets West
Live Streaming Performance - 45 min
Live Stream Shadow Puppet Theater Workshop - 45 min
Students are introduced t othe history and culture of traditional Chinese shadow puppet theater and learn about characteristics of the mythological Chinese dragon. After a trip through the unique world of the artist's studio, students are guided in making their own dragon shadow puppet and shown how to create a shadow puppet show at home using a flashlight or cell phone and their imaginations to tell their own original stories. The workshop is also interactive, with real-time feedback from the artist and a question-and-answer period at the end.
Feedback from school:
"Thank you for an outstanding program on Wednesday at Hillside. It was a HUGE hit with the kids. I got a lot of positive feedback from teachers, the principal, and parents! I was able to join my son's class, and I loved it!
~ Janet Malin, VP of Cultural Arts, Hillside School