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essex by Ouroboros SHadow Pictures   Sunday May 8   $12/advance $15/door

essex by Ouroboros SHadow Pictures

Ouroboros Shadow Pictures is proud to present the Bay Area premiere of their most recent shadow work “Essex” at PianoFight in San Francisco. The piece is based on the true events of the disaster of the whaleship Essex. In 1820, during the height of the whaling industry, the Nantucket-based Essex was famously attacked and sunk by an enormous Sperm whale in the Pacific Ocean. “Essex” presents a child's perspective of growing up, interweaving a modern coming-of-age story with the growing up that the young crew of the Essex endured during their horrific ordeal. The characters' perspectives in both stories begin with a sense of home and safety, but quickly mature into a fast harsh world, and are finally overcome by fear. These stories are told in parallel, suggesting a connection between the zeitgeist of the whaling industry and that of modern times. The piece sweeps between a vast metropolis, industrial wastelands and the primal scenes of life on the Essex. The reality of both narratives resounds in the climax. With its dark and vast musical score, “Essex” is an urgent work that gives voice to our weakness from fear and our deep desire for security. The single performance is Sunday May 8th, at 7pm. Ouroboros Shadow Pictures is a shadow theatre company based in Oakland. Their multimedia performances consist of shadows cast and manipulated in real time on a large free-standing screen alongside a live musical score, effectively creating a live shadow film. Their shadow environments are phantasmagoric — the emotional content sweeps from high to low in a dreamlike whirlwind. Their work is hyper-realistic and surreal, funny and nightmarish, and explores the common ground between shadow storytelling, experimental theater and art cinema. Ouroboros Shadow Pictures creates an immersive and cinematic audience experience that is like watching a live film bloom from behind the screen. Tickets $12 advanced / $15 door, available at

When: Sunday May 8

Where: 144 Taylor st San Francisco CA

Admission: $12/advance $15/door


Contact: Alisa javits,, (415) 816-3691

Category: Performing Arts 11 id: 13565

Preview to Paradise   Thursday May 12   free

Preview to Paradise

Join us for a free Introduction to our Maui Transformation and Yoga Retreat. Enjoy experiential exercises, yoga, slides and snacks. Learn simple and effective methods to transform limiting beliefs and increase compassion for yourself and others. Reframe your mind, relax your body and reconnect with your spirit.

When: Thursday May 12

Where: 645 Tamalpais Drive Corte Madera, CA CA

Admission: free


Contact: Wendy Lyon and Melissa Lakritz,, 415-342-1300

Category: Mind/Body/Spirit 17 id: 13575