China Institute’s Mid-Autumn Family Festival (online)
Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival online with China Institute’s immersive day of performances, activities, and culture on Saturday, September 18!
Join us for an interactive celebration featuring Chinese theater, music, art, and more!
About the Mid-Autumn Festival:
Next to Chinese New Year, the Mid-Autumn festival is the most important Chinese holiday, commemorating the fall harvest with wishes for prosperity and time spent with family.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a popular time in China to display lanterns of all types, to symbolically illuminate the path to success during the rest of the year. In addition, sweet mooncakes made of bean and egg yolk are enjoyed during the holiday. This is also a time for many Chinese games to be played, each with a theme of soulful adventure.
The holiday is celebrated as the Moon Festival throughout Asia on the day when the moon is brightest in the sky.
Written by Kuang-Yu Fong, Stephen Kaplin and Ron Sopyla
Directed by Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin
45 minutes For ages 4 and up
Drawing on China’s two-thousand-year history of shadow puppetry, Tiger Tales features an artful blend of Eastern and Western, ancient and contemporary techniques that is the hallmark of all CTW productions. It is a show that excites audiences of all ages and has been widely acclaimed and performed across America, South Korea, Taiwan and China, notably at the 2005 First International Shadow Play Festival in Tangshan, China, where it won citations for Best Performance, Best Short Plays, and Best Voice-Over Narration. At the 2009 Shanghai International Puppet Festival, Tiger Tales was honored with awards for Best Directing, Best Puppet Design and Arts Innovation. Tiger Tales is performed in English accompanied by traditional Chinese music.
Based on popular Chinese folktales and literature, the story deals humorously with issues of power and survival of the small and powerless in the modern jungle, in which the proverb, “working for the emperor is as dangerous as working for the tiger” still holds true. The stories are narrated by a wise old rabbit, telling her granddaughter some of the adventures of her eventful life, including her hair-raising encounters with Tiger, the reigning King of the Jungle.
CTW’s Stephen Kaplin, who designed the shadow puppets for Julie Taymor’s TheLionKing and Ping Chong’s Cathay (for which he won a Hewes Award), has created new acetate figures for this production based on 80-year-old, leather shadow antique figures. In performance, Mr. Kaplin solos as the live storyteller creating unique and detailed voices for more than a dozen of the characters.
The production is performed on an overhead projector, creating a cinematic projected image of up to 18’ square that allows the smallest details of the shadow images to be visible even in large venues. This format gives Tiger Tales the flexibility to play in any sized venue or adapt to any presenter’s needs – the only requirement is a screen or blank wall at least 12’ from the first row of the audience in a dark room.
About China Institute:
China Institute advances a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, art, and business. China Institute is the go-to resource on China—from ancient art to today’s business landscape and its rapidly shifting culture. Our programs, school, and gallery exhibitions bring to life the depth, complexity and dynamism of China.
Founded in 1926 by Chinese reformers Hu Shi (胡適) and Kuo Pingwen (郭秉文) and American educators John Dewey and Paul Monroe, China Institute is the oldest bicultural, non-profit organization in America to focus exclusively on China.