Night Shade is a group of artists rebelling against traditional flat-surface silhouettes and revolutionizing the ancient art of shadow puppetry by using light to manipulate depth and space. Night Shade blends hand-held lights, masks, puppets, composed music, sound-effects, and experimental storytelling into a bewitching form of cinematic puppetry that flows like film. Performing under the banner of Night Shade for this event are artists Sarah Frechette, Jason Thibodeaux, and… TBD
The Portland-based Night Shade collective began collaborating with Japanther back in 2005 in New York. That first show at the Arm Gallery in Williamsburg started the momentum of late night cutting and, since then, this group has performed across the US at various puppetry and art festivals, galleries, anarchist spaces, gutted bowling alleys, and pubs. In 2009 Night Shade performed their full-length epic shadow play, “Night Shade”, which contains over 700 intricate cut-outs, for a sold-out run at Disjecta (Willamette Week pick of the week, Portland Mercury pick of the week, Portland Monthly art section front cover art) and again in 2012 with the live music video battle “Japanther vs. Night Shade: The Revenge“. They have also performed at the Voice4Vision Puppetry Festival in NYC; Liberty Hall in PDX; Puppeteers of America Regional Festival in Seattle, WA; the New Orleans Fringe Festival; for the opening night of PICA TBA:10; the 2016 Portland Winter Light Festival; the 3rd & 5th New Orleans International Puppetry Festival; and at the spring & fall 45th LEAF Festival in Black Mountain, NC.
“Spooky sound-effects and intricate silhouette images” … Portland Monthly (Hot List)
“The realm of shadows is obviously Night Shade’s forte” … Willamette Week (Pick of the week)