Residency: Christine Marie

Workshop residency for Marie's latest shadow theater work, /peh-LO-Tah/

Cinematic shadow theater artist Christine Marie will be in residence at the CalArts Center for New Performance to develop her latest project, /peh-LO-Tah/.  The performance is a multi-media theater work that links soccer, the world’s most popular pastime, to local and global economic hierarchies, fan behaviors, political allegiances and social practices.

A visual exposition of a global moment, /peh-LO-Tah/ juxtaposes the moving body in full view with the animated body in shadow in an environment created by Marie. /peh-LO-Tah/ is written by spoken-word poet and dancer Marc Bamuthi Joseph and directed by Michael John Garcés (Cornerstone Theater).

During her residency, Marie will work with a team of students from the CalArts School of Theater to develop the new work. More can be found about the project at


Christine Marie is a visual artist and director creating original lo-fi spectacles of large-scale cinematic shadow theater and installation. She seamlessly integrates performers, objects and hand- made special effects to elicit connections with concepts, phenomenology and history in emotional and visually stimulating experiences. She studied Wayang Kulit traditional shadow puppetry in Bali and is a former member of ShadowLight theater. She is a TED Fellow and has taught shadow animation at Pixar and DreamWorks studios. Her latest original work 4TRAINS premiered at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts other work has been seen at REDAT, South Coast Rep, the Geffen Playhouse, and the Nokia theater.  In addition to /peh-LO-Tah/, Marie is currently developing a new project titled RAD#88, a performative experience design which explores the history of radiation and the current state of e-waste in a four episode modern opera that takes place in and around a grain silo.