700 years ago my husband became the most powerful man on earth. I was his right hand, his light hand, his even hand.
In Xanadu is a Mongolian fantasy about Khubilai Khan and his wife, Chabui. They are inseparable partners. When she dies, he attempts to bring her back from the underworld. The piece blends Tibetan, Chinese and Indonesian theater techniques into a unique form of theater that recalls the language of film with lap dissolves, montages, bleak Bergmanesque horizons and a Kurosawa style portrait of the controlled chaos of war.
In Xanadu is a full scale theatrical production which takes place on a 30' x 15' rear projection screen, with a cast and crew of fifteen people. It uses specially designed lighting sources to project the shadows of masked actors, puppets, and scenery. It features live music, with original compositions by Miguel Frasconi, as well as traditional Tibetan and Mongolian music by Tashi Dhondup, Tsering Wangmo, and Chen Shi-Zheng.
It is a stunning example of a new kind of visual theater, where a character can be six inches high one moment and fifteen feet tall the next.
In Xanadu was awarded the UNIMA-USA Citation for Excellence, puppetry's highest award. It has been performed in San Francisco at Theater Artaud, and the Cowell Theater. In New York it was featured at the Public Theater during the Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater. A video tape of the performance is available through ShadowLight.
1993 / 1994 / 1997
Scott Paul Cannon,
Tashi Dhonup ,
I Ketut Kodi,
Shinichi Momo Koga,
Gregory T. Kuhn,
Tim Lee Smith,
I Made Moja,
Lisa Aimee Sturz,