The Shadow Chateau made its debut appearance at CubaDupa back in March.
The Shadow Chateau is a 4 metre diametre tipi which I made myself for non-rational, fantastical, whimsical reasons. After its creation it became apparent that its most logical use would be as a venue for shadow puppetry.
I met Anna Bailey of String Bean Puppets when she was working with Joko Susilo on a wayang kulit (Javanese shadow puppet play) in 2014. We promised to collaborate on puppetry and this is where it has ended up. The show was called The Moth and the Moon - it's simple and poetic, following an anonymous person, a giant moth and an animated street light.
My bandmates Josh Harris and Tarryn Waugh, and our friend Anton, played some lovely live improvised music for the show (they, and the audience, are inside the tipi in the video). The above was filmed when a passing samba band added in an unexpected grooviness...
Our original, beautiful big moth (left) unfortunately didn't get used as we planned it. The higher than expected light levels in Te Aro Park led to a radical re-arrangement: instead of the puppeteers projecting from the outside in, we decided we would have to join the audience inside, and project out, making this guy too cumbersome. But he will be appearing when we do the show at the Out Of The Suitcase puppet festival in October!