April 23, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host a performance of "Our Shadows: An Egyptian/American Puppet Theatre Collaboration," Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m. in the Tustin Studio Theatre at Bucknell. Admission is free.

The cast includes Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble members, Arab-American guest artists, and Cairo-based WAMDA puppeteers.

"Our Shadows" brings to life (in Arabic and English) a story about the beloved Egyptian folk hero Ali Al-Ziybaq ("Quicksilver," the Egyptian Robin Hood).

WAMDA is an arcane Arabic word that means "the flash of light in the dark desert that fully illuminates everything."

WAMDA also is an ensemble of young Egyptian theatre artists dedicated to reviving (and re-imagining) a once-popular form of street puppetry, both shadow and hand, now almost extinct in their homeland.

The Bucknell performance of "Our Shadows" is made possible through the generous support of the Bucknell Association for the Arts, the Committee for Campus Diversity, Multicultural Student Services, the department of classics, and the department of theatre and dance.

Posted April 23, 2007


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