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Chinese Palace Lantern Workshop

Mon., July 26, 2010 thru Fri., July 30, 2010
until July 30, 2010

Twenty-five students, ages 10 and up, are invited to work with Hua Hua Zhang, a conceptual artist, puppet designer, choreographer and performer to explore Chinese culture, art and calligraphy.

The Chinese Lantern is a unique craft and a symbol of traditional Chinese culture. It has played an important role in celebrations and ceremonies and has become popular in Chinese homes as decoration for special occasions. The Chinese Palace Lantern is favored by lantern collectors in particular because of its beauty. Chinese puppet artist Hua Hua Zhang will lead the Chinese Palace Lantern Workshop for the Phoenixville community at the Colonial Theatre. Students will learn the history of the lantern’s origin and about Chinese culture more generally. Students will make their own Chinese Palace Lantern and decorate it with Chinese calligraphy. Students are also invited, as her guests, to attend Ms. Zhang’s performance of East Meets West at the Colonial Theatre on Tuesday, July 27 at 10:30am. Tickets for the general public are $7 in advance and $8 at the door and will be available to purchase online after April 15.

Hua Hua Zhang graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts, the Department of Dramatic Arts and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Puppetry. Her show East Meets West, performed at the Colonial in 2007 and 2010, has been presented at the Smithsonian Discovery Theater; Mum Puppettheatre in Philadelphia; The Children’s Museum in Boston; and numerous theaters, schools, libraries and other venues in the Northeast United States. In April 2008 Hua Hua premiered her sequel to East Meets West, The Journey Continues, at the Colonial.

Click here to download a registration form. Please fill out the form and return with your payment. The cost of the workshop is $75 per student. If you would like to pay by credit card, please call Kirsten at 610-917-1228.