Michael Cooper’s Masked Marvels & Wondertales to dazzle and amaze at The ArtsCenter and in Area Schools
The ArtsCenter is excited to welcome Masked Marvels & Wondertales by internationally acclaimed artist Michael Cooper on Saturday, October 17 at 11:00 am. This breathtaking show combines original, handcrafted masks with storytelling, mime, and stilt dancing, inspiring audiences to rediscover the wonders of the everyday world. During this 70-minute, interactive performance Cooper will bring to life a range of characters – a wild stallion, a giant fish, a human baby, and an enormous nose! His storytelling blends the mythical with the autobiographical to create an experience sure to captivate kids and adults alike.
The use of masks for celebrations and ceremonies goes back thousands of years and spans many cultures. The most elaborate masks were made with inlaid shell and precious metals, have movable eyes and lips, and would be cherished for their beauty as well as their role in the most important events of the community. The power of masks to both hide and illuminate goes beyond cultural differences and transcends time. Michael Cooper’s masks are both modern and timeless, crafted with artistry and designed to surprise with hidden layers and uncanny expressions. His skill as a mask-maker is rivaled only by his strength as a performer, earning his shows the description of “moving sculpture”. In addition to this public show on October 17, Michael Cooper will also perform for area youth through shows in local schools and at The ArtsCenter during a six-day residency (October 12-17) supported by a grant from the Orange County Arts Commission.
Masked Marvels & Wondertales is part of the 2009-2010 SuperFun series at The ArtsCenter. SuperFun shows provide exciting, entertainment options for families that are fun, affordable, and educational. These far from ordinary performances are great for families and are a perfect way to start your weekend.
Tickets are $7 (children 2 and under are admitted free) and may be purchased by calling The ArtsCenter’s box office at 929-2787, ext. 201, visiting us on the web at www.artscenterlive.org, or stopping by 300-G East Main Street in Carrboro between the hours of 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.