Ground to Cloud: REDCAT Video

Director/Creator Christine Marie has put together a clip of scenes from her work “Ground to Cloud”. I was fortunate enough to join in on this production as “lead puppeteer” this past August and September and was part of the cast for all three different runs (SF, LA, and NYC). REDCAT’s NOWfest had a pro videographer shoot the last two performances in LA, of which Christine Marie used for this great clip.

Ground To Cloud from christine marie on Vimeo.

Ground to Cloud in/on LA Times

The REDCAT NOW Festival made the Sunday, Aug. 8 “Scene & Heard” column. Christine Marie had a great quote pulled stating “she began experimenting with the technique long before ‘Avatar.’ ‘I’m way ahead of James Cameron,’ she said with a laugh.”

Read the whole column here.

Here are some photos from our last night at REDCAT, taken by Steve Gunther.

Ground to Cloud NYC Dates Announced

FringeNYC finally worked out all of their show schedules last week. Ground to Cloud is officially show # 3928 and will have five performances at The New School for Drama Theatre. The first show starts August 19.

The closest link on the Fringe site is for all the shows starting with the letter G. Please go there and scroll down to read about the show. And please buy tickets!

Ground To Cloud
45 min
N/A until 8/17
Aug. 18/Aug. 31

  • THUR 8/19 @ 7:30-8:15
  • FRI 8/20 @ 6-6:45
  • SUN 8/22 @ 3:45-4:30
  • MON 8/23 @ 5:45-6:30
  • THUR 8/26 @ 8:30-9:15

[u] Ground to Cloud: July 22 at CELLspace

Ground to Cloud
A Special Bay Area Preview

Christine Marie & Ensemble present “Ground To Cloud,” a full-length theater spectacle of giant shadows, live action, and moments of 3D effects.

With special opening guest, Tobias of the Yard Dogs Roadshow
Plus Jonathan Youtt of The Big Tadoo Puppet Crew AND Vladamir Levitansky

Thursday, July 22
8pm to 11pm
$14 via Brown Paper Tickets
$15 or more at the door

2050 Bryant St.
SF, CA 94110

This will be a preview performance and will make it’s premiere the following week in LA at the REDCAT NOW Fest and an east coast premiere in New York City in August for the New York City Fringe Festival.

Continue reading “[u] Ground to Cloud: July 22 at CELLspace”

[u] Ground to Cloud to be in REDCAT’s Now Fest

New Original Works Festival 2010

Ground to Cloud will play July 29-31

Follow the link above to purchase tickets online or
call the REDCAT box office at 213-237-2800.

For three weeks REDCAT is a vibrant performance laboratory. Join us as Los Angeles artists gather to push the boundaries of creative expression in new dance, theater, music and multimedia performance works.


(I will be light operator and on stage with all the amazing action)

Seamlessly integrating projected shadows, live actors and an innovative sound score, Christine Marie and her collaborators draw on the history of electric light to manifest a flickering world of natural phenomena and human intervention. Large-scale imagery from simple handheld lights and props takes on mythological proportions as scientific discovery, religious folklore and magical trickery blend into an incandescent work of expressionist theater.

“Christine Marie’s shadow design conjures a literal ocean of surprise.” —Los Angeles Times

A 3D Shadow Photo and Video [u]

Photographer Steve Newman spent a good part of the evening last night wearing 3D glasses and enjoying the live action in his camera screen. “The 3D effect still works,” he told me, echoing a few other people who were photographing the fun. If you have anaglyph glasses (that’s blue and red old skool 3D glasses), check out this photo Steve took and tell me what you think.


Tonight! Shadows in Stereo at SpaceCraft

Shadows In Stereo, is an installation that provides a rare opportunity to create and experience stereoscopic 3D with one’s own shadow.

Guests are invited to wear anaglyph glasses as they traverse the gallery having their shadows projected 40’ high.  Unlike a typical shadow, when viewed in 3D shadows do not cling to surfaces they move out into cubic space.  A sense of somatic dislocation occurs that is surprising and delightful.

The viewing experience is created by hand made stereoscopic lights and glasses constructed by artist Christine Marie.  The installation is a low- fi spectacle, more congruent with the light magic of Athanasius Kircher than the CG-Real-D digital work of James Cameron.

The experience is just as sensational appealing both to feeling of awe and an archetypal sense of wonder.

Installation created by Christine Marie.

Soundscape by Aden Liggett.

Maintained by Russell Howze

Apr 4: Shadows at the Hot Air Music Fest

I will be performing shadows once again for the “Only Jealousy of Emer,” composed by Lou Harrison. This will be a FREE show at the SF Conservatory of Music, with donations going to the Delancey Street Foundation. We’ll perform during the 3pm to 4pm block of music, at the bottom of the hour according to the lineup on the website.

What is Hot Air Music Festival?

Hot Air Music Festival is the SF Conservatory’s first student-run contemporary music festival. With an 8-hour marathon concert, our goal is to celebrate the SF Conservatory’s connection to the new music world. Students and Alumni will play both the music of their peers, great classics of new music, and the music of our time.

When is Hot Air Music Festival?

April 4, 2010: 2:00PM – 10:00 PM @ The San Francisco Conservatory of Music: 50 Oak Street SF CA 94102

How much are tickets?

Admission is FREE (there is a suggested donation to the Delancey Street Foundation at the door)

Where will the music be?

2:00-7:00 @ Hume Concert Hall

7:00-10:00 @ Sol Recital Hall and Osher Salon

Rootabega Opera Teaser Vid

Heya HappyFt pardners. Haven’t posted much in the past weeks because I’ve been laying low, reorganizing, re-energizing, and trying to land from a year or so on the road. So not much has gone on in these yon parts of the Left Coast. Well, I did come out of a great men’s meditation retreat at Spririt Rock a few Wednesday’s back and landed smack into Christine Marie and Dan Cantrell’s Rootabega Opera. I’d known about their project for months and was never sure if my schedule would allow me to be part of the show, but they had a small part throwing shadows that they kept for me! And I jumped in slowly but with relish and spanch. Great to land back into the “shit” as Wes Nisker calls life, into an amazing fantasy land of shadows, clowns, and amazing live music. The flame throwers and metal art of the Fire Arts Festival also provided a strange take on reality after a week of looking inward.

Here’s a YouTube teaser that Christine edited last night. I threw the sun shadow. Hope you all enjoy it.

Life will return to HappyFt soon as well. For all the micro-latest, head over to FaceBook. For stencil goodness, keep the RSS feed humming over at Stencil Archive…. TTFN

Christine Marie: Peter’s Shadow (So Cal)

The story of a man who sells his shadow. Musical composition by Gerard Schultz. Dance Choreography by Christie Nelson-Sala. Featuring live music, dance and 3D shadows!

Tues., April 28 at 8pm to Sat., May 2 at 8pm
California Institute of the Arts Ensemble Theater E400
24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA

get tickets at


  • Steven Wendt
  • Andre Thompson Sinclair
  • Ajayla Bendele
  • Alexandra Kustin
  • Kimberley Guevara
  • Edward Rowley
  • Jared Janush
  • Jessica Hemmingway
  • Chase Woolner

Featuring the artistry of:

  • Kit Stolen
  • Lianne Arnold
  • Daniel Barsky
  • Lexi
  • Bryan Yu