WMS Presents: Behind the Mask Theater and Cat Mountain

Megan Sweeney
On Friday, September 28th, The White Mountain School will welcome mask maker and storyteller Eric Bornstein to campus as part of our Cultural Events series.
BETHLEHEM, NH, September 28th, 2012– A free, theatrical performance featuring the whimsical masks of world renowned mask maker and storyteller Eric Bornstein will take place on Friday, September 28th, from 7:00 to 8:00pm at The White Mountain School on West Farm Road in Bethlehem. Based on folklore, fairy tales, and mythology from around the world, Bornstein’s lively performances combine handcrafted masks, music, storytelling, dance, and puppetry. On September 28th, he will perform Cat Mountain, a traditional Japanese folktale which tells the story of Sho, a young servant girl, who journeys to a strange and far-off mountain, where she hopes to find her freedom and her lost cat. But as the people she meets on the way tell her – “No one has ever returned from Cat Mountain!”
 
Over the last 30 years Bornstein’s masked characters have appeared in a variety of highly esteemed venues. They were a highlight of Boston’s First Night celebration for 15 years. His masks have also appeared at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Kennedy Library/Museum, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Ballet, The Peabody/Essex Museum, and Harvard University. He has studied mask making with masters Agung Suardana in Bali, and Donato Sartori in Italy, and he currently shares his wealth of knowledge by teaching, performing and holding residencies in schools, museums and universities throughout the US.
 
Why has Bornstein fallen in love with such a unique form of art and made it his life’s work? He explains, “Mask-making is a transcendent art, something that continually introduces me to new cultures and ages of history long passed. Mask-making is about rich storytelling, and fascinating characters – human, animal, and magical. When I create a mask, I celebrate the depth and diversity of the stories I love, the natural and mystical worlds we inhabit, and my very own soul.”
The performance will take place in the Great Hall of The White Mountain School, 371 West Farm Rd, Bethlehem. The performance is free and open to the public; however, donations will be gratefully accepted and used to support future Cultural Events at The White Mountain School.
For information, contact Becky Beno at becky.beno@whitemountain.org or 603 444 2928 x40

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