See & Do

Film: In Xanadu

Fri., July 31



Brought to Atlanta for the first time by San Francisco's ShadowLight Productions, IN XANADU splices traditional Balinese wayang kulit, or shadow puppetry, with slivers of Shakespearean theater in a graceful East-meets-West amalgam. Tibetan, Chinese and Indonesian theater techniques blend into a 63-minute film with montages and traditional Tibetan and Mongolian music. Kubilai Khan, a great and powerful Mongolian ruler, is left utterly heartbroken in the wake of his wife Chabui's death. Like many men of power, Khan believes all's fair in love and war; he invokes the friendly local shaman to lead him on a wild Chabui chase to the underworld to recover his beloved. In Xanadu received the Union Internationale de la Marionette USA Citation for Excellence, puppetry's highest award. Free-$7. 8 p.m. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391.


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