Wed, Jul 8 11:00 am
World of Wonder is a program designed for the whole family, theatre that charms audiences of all ages with the actor’s imagination, the mime’s skill, and the conjuror’s craft. It is an international journey into the imagination. Beginning with the amazing art of shadowgraphs, Leland conjures up an amazing menagerie of silhouettes using only his hands.
Beginning with movement theatre and evolving through new vaudeville and performance art, Leland Faulkner was trained in the old world tradition of master and apprentice. He is a professionally trained filmmaker, mime, actor, and director. Paper becomes filled with movement and mystery, as origami butterflies appear to dance and multiply, or shadows seem imbued with a life of their own in an astonishing exploration of light manipulated with just a pair of hands.
From an early age, Leland was exposed to a wide range of ethnic cultures. Born in Afghanistan to Native American parents, one of his earliest memories is being placed on the foot of a gargoyle in the ruins of ancient Persepolis. He spent seven years on the coast of Tanzania, East Africa, has traveled to Asia and Europe, and credits the global community with stimulating his love for theatre. His exploration of the moving image and theatre has led him into mime, magic and myth as he has sought new and intriguing ways of expressing idea and story.