VISTA — The mastery of world-class puppeteers telling captivating stories with shadows will be on full display from July 9-11 at Shadows Across the Globe, a virtual shadow puppetry and storytelling festival.
Tania Yager, co-founder and lead director of Vista-based Twisted Heart Puppetworks, will host the inaugural three-day international event, featuring talks with an international slate of puppeteers, including Claudia Six (Austria), Richard Bradshaw (Australia) and Geoffrey Cormier (USA) and many others.
Each day features an all-ages show from 9 to 11 a.m. Starting on July 10, there will be an adult show from 5-7 p.m. The shadow puppet shows are free, but those interested in taking classes or listening to the artists’ talks can register for $20-$30.
The event will also be broadcast on the Shadows Across the Globe page on Facebook and YouTube.
“There’s been a lot of puppetry festivals … online, but nobody has done one that is geared toward this ancient form of shadow puppetry,” Yager said. “We got these big-name global artists.”
Most know shadow puppets in their simplest forms, such as a bird or barking dog.
But Yager and other artists present an array of complex shadow puppets using a variety of methods.