Moon Theater

Institute History

  • 2009 Sundance Film Festival


Before there were projectors and flat screens lighting up dark rooms, it was the mystery and beauty of the luminescent moon that fueled the invention of stories and created a stage for shadow puppets. Inspired by Philip Worthington's Shadow Monsters, artists Nova Jiang and Michael Kontopoulos have created a playful, interactive work that lets audiences get their hands on the moon.

Moon Theater uses interactive shadow play and high-tech magic to transform your hand's shadows into puppets that are then projected onto a large floating moon. Moon Theater is designed to address issues of scale and evoke social performance in a public setting. The audience is invited to participate and make the puppets on the moon dance and play, fight and kiss . . . the possibilities are as endless as the imagination.

Commissioned by City of Santa Monica and Glow Festival

Screening Details

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