Organised by New York University Abu Dhabi Institute
Shadow play, known as khayal al-zill, karagoz, or li‘b, is a performing art with a long and rich history in the Arab world.
Like Aladdin’s magic lamp that transforms the real world into a fantasy land, the shadow master’s lantern projects fairytales and spectacles with intricate, cartoonish figures onto a screen for audiences to enjoy.
This talk surveys this enduring tradition - from its earliest sighting in the tenth century, to its gradual decline on the eve of modernity and finally to the modern-day efforts to preserve it.
Li Guo, Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Notre Dame
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